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Monday, May 26th (All times Eastern)
Boston Red Sox (20-29) at Atlanta Braves (28-21), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Clay Buchholz (2-4, 6.32) Atlanta - Ervin Santana (4-2, 3.42)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox hope a change of scenery gets them back on track when they visit the Atlanta Braves for two games, starting with Monday's Memorial Day matinee from Turner Field.
The Red Sox have dropped a season-high 10 in a row and are a season-low nine games below .500 (20-29). The Red Sox, losers in 11 of the last 12 overall, previously lost 10 straight during an 11-game skid from June 8-19, 1994.
Boston has been swept by Detroit, Toronto and Tampa Bay on this drought and suffered an 8-5 loss Sunday to the Rays at Tropicana Field. The Rays broke a 3-3 tie with five runs in the seventh inning, which was highlighted by Sean Rodriguez's three-run homer.
Jonny Gomes hit a two-run homer and A.J. Pierzynski finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored for the Red Sox, who haven't won since May 14 at Minnesota and are winless in four straight road games.
"We're certainly not in a good place," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We haven't lost our competitive spirit or the way we continue to grind away inside of an inning, inside of a game, inside of a series."
Brandon Workman allowed three runs over five innings in the start for Boston and Craig Breslow took the loss for giving up all five runs in the seventh. The benches cleared in the inning after Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar stole third with the score at 8-3.
The Red Sox didn't approve of the steal and both club's entered the field to try to calm the situation. Gomes, who was ejected, and Red Sox catcher David Ross were involved in the fracas with Escobar. Escobar was tossed, too.
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is expected to start at first base, as the National League doesn't use the designated hitter. First baseman Mike Napoli was recently placed on the disabled list with a finger injury.
Clay Buchholz draws the start for the Red Sox Monday and he is 2-4 with a 6.32 ERA in nine starts. Buchholz is 0-2 in his last three starts and was roughed up for five runs (4 earned) and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings of a 6-4 loss to Toronto last Wednesday.
Buchholz has given up 13 runs in the last three games and is 1-2 in five road starts this season. He has never faced Atlanta, but has a 4-0 mark in six career interleague starts.
The Braves, who will visit Boston's Fenway Park for two games after this set at Turner Field, have won six of their last eight games and improved to 5-2 on a nine-game homestand by taking two of three versus Colorado.
Atlanta won the series with Sunday's 7-0 victory, as starting pitcher Julio Teheran hurled six scoreless innings and struck out seven with one walk.
Evan Gattis hit two home runs, while Justin Upton and Chris Johnson each went deep for Atlanta. Gattis had three RBI on the afternoon.
"It's great to get some pitches I can handle," said Gattis. "I had to battle in the first at-bat until I got one I wanted."
Braves closer Craig Kimbrel didn't get a chance to show his stuff and is two saves away from tying John Smoltz's franchise record of 154.
The NL East-leading Braves will hand pitching duties to Ervin Santana Monday and he has a 4-2 mark with a 3.42 ERA in eight starts. Santana has lost back- to-back starts after opening the season 4-0 and is coming off last Wednesday's 6-1 setback to Milwaukee.
Santana allowed six runs in seven innings and has permitted 11 runs over the last two outings. The right-hander and first-year Brave owns a 4-3 record to go along with a 4.50 ERA in 13 career starts against the Red Sox.
The Braves lost two of three meetings at Boston back in 2012 and these two clubs haven't squared off in Atlanta since 2009.
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