New York Yankees defeat Atlanta Braves, 11-7

ATLANTA - Joe Girardi blamed Andy Pettitte's abbreviated night on a pair of dropped pop flies.

Pettitte wasn't letting himself off the hook so easily.

After being staked to an seven-run lead in the fourth, Pettitte failed to get out of the bottom of the inning, giving up five runs to allow the Braves back into what became an 11-7 Yankee victory.

"At 8-1, you figure even if we drop two or three pop-ups, you can get through an inning and get out of there," Pettitte sai...

ATLANTA - After watching Alex Rodriguez swing the bat Thursday night, Joe Girardi may never rest him again.

A-Rod had his best game in a month, helping the Yankees to an 11-7 win over the Braves to send them home for the Subway Series feeling pretty good about themselves. Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a home run, a walk and four RBI in his first multi-hit game since he went 5-for-5 against the Rangers on May 25 - also the last time he drove in four runs in a game.