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New York Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda took the mound Tuesday riding a four-start unbeaten streak, posting a 1.29 ERA while going 3-0 since May 27.

Kuroda gave up four runs in seven innings against the Atlanta Braves, taking the loss as the Yankees' 10-game winning streak came to an end with a 4-3 defeat. The four runs allowed were the most against Kuroda since May 16, when he gave up a season-high seven runs.

"When you go on the mound, you go out there to win," Kuroda said through his translator. "I didn't do that today, so it was very disappointing."

Kuroda allowed a run in the third, then gave up two more in the fourth, surrendering a two-run lead he had been given in the second.

"I think I was trying to be too perfect with all my pitches," Kuroda said. "I was really being aggressive the first three innings, but that inning, I wasn't being aggressive."

The Yankees came back to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth, but Kuroda allowed another run in the sixth, the one that proved to be the game-winner.

"I saw a guy that just battled out there," catcher Russell Martin said. "He got into a couple jams and kept us in the game. He gave up a four-spot in seven innings; to me, that's a good outing. Normally we score more runs than that for our starting pitchers."
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