Freddie Freeman hit a two-run, opposite-field home run in the sixth inning, powering the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 win over the visiting New York Yankees on Wednesday and giving them a doubleheader sweep.
Dansby Swanson started the winning rally with a two-out single against reliever Chad Green, and Freeman hit the second pitch he saw into the left-center-field bleachers to put the Braves in front.
Freeman extended his hitting streak to a season-high 10 games. He is batting .404 (21-for-52) since Aug. 9, raising his season average to .304.
The winning pitcher was Max Fried (5-0), who allowed only one run on four hits and one walk in six innings. He struck out five in his first career appearance against the Yankees.
Mark Melancon pitched around a two-out hit in the seventh inning to earn his fifth save.
Green (2-1) was charged with two runs in his lone inning, blowing his first save opportunity of the year.
New York starter Masahiro Tanaka kept the Braves off balance by changing speeds and was especially effective with his changeup through five scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and struck out four without issuing a walk.
Atlanta managed to get only one runner in scoring position against Tanaka. It was a positive sign for the right-hander, who had allowed six runs (five earned) in four innings against Tampa Bay in his last start on Aug. 18.