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Braves vs. Yankees Score: Bullpen Blows It For Atlanta In 6-4 Loss

Mike Minor's phenomenal start on Tuesday night against the Yankees was ruined by awful pitching from the Braves' bullpen and some timely hitting from New York. Atlanta took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning on a three-run double from Matt Diaz and added on a run in the seventh, but the wheels came off after that.

Minor was great in his 7.1 innings of work, allowing just one run to score on five hits and a walk. He was pulled after surrendering a harmless one-out single to Derek Jeter in the eighth, leaving to a standing ovation at Turner Field.

Jonny Venters entered and gave up a seeing-eye single to Curtis Granderson. He then walked Mark Teixeira to load the bases. Venters fell behind Alex Rodriguez 3-0, but battled to make the count full. He threw a low fastball to A-Rod and the slugging third baseman did not miss it, lining a home run over the left field wall to tie the game. Robinson Cano then followed with a single, ending Venters' pathetic outing.

Cory Gearrin trotted in from the bullpen and allowed a two-run homer to Nick Swisher, giving the Yankees a 6-4 lead. Atlanta was unable to mount a rally in the eighth or ninth inning, dropping their third-consecutive game.

The loss marks the first time the Braves have lost when they've lead after six innings.

The two clubs will wrap up their series on Wednesday evening at 7:10.

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