MLB Game Summary - Atlanta at Boston|
(Thursday, May 29th)
Final Score: Boston 4, Atlanta 3
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jackie Bradley Jr. scored from second base
on a ninth-inning throwing error -- one of three committed by the Atlanta
Braves over the final two frames -- to cap a late rally that catapulted the
resurgent Red Sox to an unusual 4-3 win at Fenway Park.
After scoring twice in the bottom of the eighth to tie the contest at 3-3,
Boston capitalized on back-to-back walks issued by Braves closer Craig Kimbrel
(0-1) to begin the Red Sox' half of the ninth.
Xander Bogaerts followed with a sharp grounder to third on which Chris Johnson
made a diving stop and quickly threw to second, but Tommy La Stella couldn't
handle the exchange as Bradley alertly circled third to complete the comeback.
"We didn't handle the baseball the last two innings and it came back and bit
us," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It's a tough one to swallow."
The triumph was Boston's fourth in a row following a dreadful 10-game skid.
All of them have come at the expense of the Braves, who dropped two to the Sox
in Atlanta earlier in the week prior to this two-game set at Fenway.
Bogaerts and Brock Holt each collected three hits with an RBI, with Jake Peavy
tossing eight strong innings of three-run ball for Boston in a no-decision.
Koji Uehara (1-1) held Atlanta scoreless in the top of the ninth to pick up
"Peavy was great," Boston catcher David Ross said. "I thought Peavy was as
good as you're going to get for him."
The Red Sox managed just one run on seven hits against Mike Minor in the
Braves starter's seven innings of work. Jason Heyward paced Atlanta
offensively with two hits, including a solo homer.
The Braves seemed on the verge of avoiding a sixth straight overall loss to
the Red Sox when Freddie Freeman's eighth-inning double scored B.J. Upton from
first for a 3-1 advantage. However, four straight singles and two costly
Atlanta errors in the bottom of the inning pulled Boston back even entering
Holt greeted reliever David Carpenter with a base hit and took second on a
misplay in left field from Justin Upton, right before Bogaerts sent him home
with a single. Dustin Pedroia and A.J. Pierzynski continued the hit parade,
with Bogaerts scoring the tying run when B.J. Upton bobbled Pierzynski's shot
up the middle.
Uehara then worked around a leadoff single by Ryan Doumit prior to Kimbrel
faltering in the last of the ninth.
Both starters were outstanding up until departing, with Minor cruising through
much of his stint and Peavy doing the same, save for a few mistakes early on.
He served up a flat changeup that Heyward belted into the seats in the third
for the game's first run, then walked Freeman on five pitches to start the
fourth and was later called for a balk to put the first baseman in position to
score on Evan Gattis' single.
Doubles by Ross and Holt in the bottom of the fifth pulled Boston within 2-1,
but the Sox managed just one hit over Minor's final two innings.
The Red Sox have now won each of their last nine series against Atlanta ...
Boston's Ryan Lavarnway, making his first career start at first base, left the
game in the fifth inning due to a sore left wrist ... Braves shortstop
Andrelton Simmons returned to action after sitting out Wednesday's tilt with a
sore right ankle and went 2-for-4 ... Pierzynski extended his hitting streak
to eight games ... Heyward now has five extra base hits, including two homers,
in five career games at Fenway.
05/29 23:21:52 ET