NEW YORK (AP) — A Red Sox fan from upstate New York, Ian Anderson imagined he might one day win at Yankee Stadium.
Probably, he wasn’t picturing a Bronx Bombers lineup so thoroughly lacking in punch.
Anderson took a shutout into the seventh inning, Austin Riley homered and the Atlanta Braves scraped by with just four hits to beat listless New York 4-1 Wednesday night.
Corey Kluber (0-2) kept New York in it with his best start yet in pinstripes, but the Yankees lost for the sixth time in seven games due to a star-studded lineup that has almost entirely spaced out.
Anderson (1-0) limited the Yankees to four hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings, striking out four against the club he also beat in his major league debut last season.
The 22-year-old right-hander from Clifton Park, New York — just north of Albany — had family in the stands, including his grandmother, who hadn’t seen him pitch in person since high school. He threw 97 pitches as temperatures dipped into the low 40s in the late innings.
“I felt right at home out there in the cold,” he said.
New York loaded the bases against Anderson with two outs in the seventh, but reliever A.J. Minter got DJ LeMahieu to hit an inning-ending grounder to third. Will Smith allowed a run in the ninth but closed out the five-hitter.
At 6-11, New York is off to its worst start since 1991. Its 58 runs are fewest in the AL and its .334 slugging percentage is the lowest in the major leagues.
The Yankees are hitting .163 in their past seven games, averaging 2.57 runs, with nearly half the lineup stuck in a serious slump.
Giancarlo Stanton had a 117.3 mph lineout but went hitless, dropping to 3 for his last 34. Gleyber Torres had a hit but is just 4 for his last 32 with 1 RBI this season. Aaron Hicks is in a 1-for-17 rut,…