- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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WHAT IT MEANS: What is it 2009 again?
Playing in hot, humid,95-degree weather, the Yankees and Braves combined for a new Yankee Stadium-record nine home runs on Wednesday afternoon in New York's 10-5 loss to Atlanta.
The last time two teams combined for nine bombs in the Bronx was July 31, 2007 against the White Sox, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
It's the first time the Yankees (41-27) have lost a series since May 28-30 in Los Angeles (AL).
AW-PHIL: Phil Hughes gave up a career-high four home runs. The 25-year-old right-hander has now allowed 19 homers this season -- the most in the major leagues.
He surrendered long balls to Freddie Freeman (first), Martin Prado (third), Jayson Heyward (fourth) and David Ross (fifth) before exiting the mound to boos from the crowd. Heyward also went deep in the eighth.
His final line: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.
Hughes (7-6), had yielded just four runs in his previous three starts -- all victories.
STREAK OVER: Prior to Hughes' dud of an outing, Yankees pitchers had gone at least six innings in 19 straight starts.
CAPTAIN CRUSH: Derek Jeter slugged Tommy Hanson's first pitch into the right field seats for his seventh home run of the season -- and first in 65 at-bats, dating back to June 3 in Detroit (Justin Verlander). Jeter has hit four leadoff bombs this season and 28 in his career.
AN A-POP! FOR A-ROD! Alex Rodriguez utilized the friendly confines at the stadium, hitting a high fly ball that went over the wall in right for his 11th jack of the year leading off the sixth. A-Rod now has 1,925 RBIs, surpassing Jimmy Foxx for sole possession of sixth place on the all-time list.
Robinson Cano followed Rodriguez with a real blast of his own -- his 14th homer of the season -- to make it 6-4. The Yankees trailed 6-5 in the seventh, but A-Rod grounded into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play with runners on the corners.
E-ROCK: Filling in for Mark Teixeira at first base, Eric Chavez belted a solo shot to center leading off the fifth inning for his fourth dinger of the year. Teixeira (sore heel) later lined a pinch-hit double to left in the eighth.
MAKING HISTORY Like Hughes, Hanson also gave up four homers. It was the first Yankees game in the Live Ball Era in which two different pitchers served up four dingers, according to ESPN Stats & Information (via Baseball-Reference.com).
BOURN TO FLY: Michael Bourn robbed Jayson Nix of a two-run homer in the fifth with a leaping catch over the right-field wall.
K RAPADA: Clay Rapada struck out all four batters he faced.
UP NEXT: Part II of the Subway Series: LHP Andy Pettitte (3-2 2.77 ERA) vs. LHP Jon Niese (4-3, 3.82) on Friday night at Citi Field
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