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Friday, 30 May 2014 01:47

Four Straight! Red Sox Walkoff Braves, 4-3

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The Red Sox have finally started to wake up in Interleague Play. The Red Sox have now won four straight after a walk-off single Thursday night to defeat the Atlanta Braves 4-3.

The first inning of this game saw the Atlanta Braves go 1-2-3.The Red Sox were able to get runners on first and third after an infield single and double but were unable to get anyone home.

The only action in a relatively quite second inning was a base hit by the Braves left fielder, Justin Upton, to lead off the inning. Upton was stranded on third after a fly out and two straight strikeouts to end the inning.

The third inning was where the game finally saw some action as Jason Heyward was able to take advantage of a Jake Peavy mistake and send it into the seats to put his team up 1-0.

The Braves were again back at it in the fourth as a drawn leadoff walk by Freddie Freeman and an eventual advance to second base led to an Evan Gattis RBI single to put the Braves up 2-0.

The Red Sox went pretty quite in the bottom of the inning as the only action they got was a Johnny Gomes single but he was eventually erased by a Jackie Bradley Jr. inning ending double play.

Jake Peavy, who went eight innings allowing eight hits and three runs, was able to keep the Braves off the scoreboard in the top of the fifth to keep the Red Sox deficit at 2-0.

A leadoff strikeout in the bottom of the fifth didn't hold the Red Sox from finally getting to Mike Minor. A one out David Ross finally got someone in scoring position for the Red Sox and Brock Holt converted with a two-out double to cut the Braves lead in half.

Both the Red Sox and Braves went 1-2-3 in their halves of the sixth inning.

The seventh was the last inning of work for Braves starter Mike Minor. Minor lasted seven innings allowing only one run and striking out three.

The Braves tacked on an insurance run off of Peavy in the top half of the eigth as a Freddie Freeman double plated Justin Upton, who was on base after a leadoff single.

Brock Holt leadoff the bottom half of the inning with a leadoff single and was able to advance to second after a throwing error by Justin Upton. A Xander Bogaerts single later plated Holt to cut the Braves lead to 3-2. Dustin Pedroia would reach on an infield single to set up runners on first and second with no outs. A.J. Pierzynski was able to come up with a huge single to center to plate Bogaerts on an error by the center fielder, B.J. Upton. A Gomes and Sizemore strikeout left the situation at runners on first and second with two outs. The Fenway Faithful got what they wanted: David Ortiz pinch-hitting after being scratched from the starting lineup with a right calf tightness. But Ortiz was walked in order to face David Ross(.177 BA). In came Braves closer, Craig Kimbrel, and out flew David Ross. So the game went to the ninth inning tied up at three.

Koji Uehara was in for the top of the ninth and after letting up a leadoff single to Ryan Doumit, was able to settle down and get the next three Braves hitters.

The Red Sox began the top of the ninth with a leadoff walk from Jackie Bradley Jr. The leadoff walk was followed by a Brock Holt free pass. The Red Sox hottest hitter, Xander Bogaerts, was due up next and he made the Braves pay after an infield single pushed Jackie Bradley Jr. past the plate as the Red Sox walkedoff with the win. Bradley Jr. wouldn't of scored without help from third baseman, Chris Johnson, who made a caress throw to second that skipped by Tommy La Stella.

It should be noted that the Braves committed three errors in the game and no one was bigger than Johnson's.

The Red Sox will go for five straight tomorrow night against the well rested Tampa Bay Rays. David Price(4-4, 4.42) will oppose Brandon Workman(0-0, 3.18).