ATLANTA — Not even Aroldis Chapman’s latest meltdown could slow down the Yankees.
They won for the 11th straight game on Tuesday night, with a 5-4 victory over the Braves at Truist Park, but not before some more late-game drama and a bailout from Wandy Peralta, who got Freddie Freeman to fly out to left with the bases loaded to end it.
“It’s as tough a situation as you can probably be brought into: Freddie Freeman staring you down with them loaded and he executed,’’ manager Aaron Boone said of Peralta.
Chapman gave up a one-out single to Adam Duvall to start the ninth-inning trouble.
With two out, Chapman walked pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza. Following a visit from pitching coach Matt Blake, Chapman nearly struck out Ozzie Albies, but Albies fouled off a 3-2 pitch and then beat out a single on a grounder to Rougned Odor at third to load the bases.
Chapman walked Jorge Soler walked to force in Duvall, cutting the Yankees’ lead to one before Peralta came on to face Freeman. He fell behind 3-1 before throwing five straight changeups.
Freeman sent the final one to deep left, where Joey Gallo made the catch, finally allowing the Yankees to exhale.
Yankees starter Andrew Heaney said that stretch of pitches took “nuts” from Peralta. And, thanks to Peralta, the Yankees survived.
“We’ve played so many of these,’’ Boone said. “More than anyone in the league. We’re very comfortable in close games. We play our game in them.”
“Even when stuff starts hitting the fan and things aren’t going our way, there’s no panic,’’ Aaron Judge said.
The end result is the Yankees’ longest winning streak since they won 11 in a row in 1985, when they finished in second place in the AL East behind the Blue Jays, and missed out on the postseason.
This year figures to have a different ending, as the Yankees, who are attempting to make a run at the Rays for the division title, look to secure at least a wild-card spot.
On Tuesday, they got a two-run homer from DJ LeMahieu and solo shots by Giancarlo Stanton and Odor, plus solid work out of the bullpen — other than from Chapman. Boone defended Chapman, noting the grounder to Odor probably should have ended the game.
But the manager also acknowledged that when it comes to the ninth inning: “We’ve to figure it out. The bottom line is we’ve got a lot of people doing good things down there.”
While it will be “all hands on deck,’’ Chapman will still have opportunities to close games.
Chapman, however, has not been able to close out his last two save opportunities. The Yankees turned to Lucas Luetge to finish last Wednesday’s win over the Red Sox.
Peralta — whose performance Boone called “tremendous … just gutsy” — will also be a key part of that mix.
The Yankees overcame a 2-0 deficit with Stanton’s homer to lead off the second and an RBI single from Gary Sanchez in the fourth.
They took the lead the next inning when LeMahieu hit a two-run homer off Braves starter Charlie Morton to make it 4-2. It was just LeMahieu’s ninth homer of the season.
Heaney settled down and allowed just the pair of first-inning runs over four innings before he was removed.
With runners on the corners in the fifth, Austin Riley singled up the middle to score Albies. Freeman tried to come all the way around from first, as Judge raced over to field the ball and fired to Andrew Velazquez, who made a strong throw to Sanchez at the plate.
Sanchez applied a swipe tag on Freeman, who was called out. Replays showed he might have been safe and the Braves challenged the play, but the out call was upheld, leaving the Yankees ahead by a run.
Odor led off the seventh with a homer and Chad Green tossed two scoreless innings — aided by another Atlanta baserunning gaffe, as Riley was thrown out as second to end the inning, representing the tying run.
Chapman gave the Braves new life, but the Yankees held on.
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