Red Sox

Final: Atlanta Braves 8, Red Sox 7 – 11

The Red Sox and extra innings are not a good match.

The Sox dropped their fourth extra-inning contest of the season, easily the most frustrating of the four.

The Sox had grabbed a one-run lead in the top of the 11th, but Freddie Freeman led off the bottom of the inning with a two-run, opposite-field homer to send the Atlanta Braves to an 8-7 victory.

Boston scored five runs from the ninth inning on -- and still managed to lose.

 

WHO: Red Sox (22-35) vs,. Atlanta Braves (34-23)
WHEN: 7:10 p.m.
WHERE: Truist Park
SEASON SERIES TO DATE: ATL 3-0
STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Chris Mazza (1-2, 5.40) vs. RHP Kyle Wright (2-4, 5.74)
TV/RADIO: NESN; WEEI 93.7 FM

LINEUPS

RED SOX

Verdugo RF
Arroyo SS
Martinez DH
Bradley CF
Plawecki C
Dalbec 3B
Lin LF
Chavis 1B
Arauz 2B

BRAVES

Acuna CF
Albies 2B
Ozuna DH
Duvall LF
Swanson SS
Riley 1B
Markakis RF
Flowers C
Hechavaria 3B

IN-GAME OBSERVATIONS:

B10th: Back and forth they go. Jeffrey Springs can't hold a two-run lead as the Braves answer with two of their own and it's on to the 11th. Second blown save in the last three innings for the Sox.

T10th:  Kevin Plawecki comes through with another hit in a big spot, lining a single to right to put the Sox back up, 5-4. And Bobby Dalbec served a curveball into center to produce an insurance run.

T9th:   Bizarre top of the ninth, with the Braves tripping over themselves and two runs scoring to tie it as Adeiny Hechavaria throws a ball away.

B8th:  Yet another sloppy throw by Devers, who bounces a throw to first, past Dalbec, leading to another Atlanta run. Devers has 14 errors.

B8th:  Marcell Ozuna makes the Red Sox pay again with a two-run single up the middle, giving the Braves a 3-2 lead. Ryan Brasier walked the tightrope for too long -- too many baserunners in a one-run game.

B8th: Sox catch a big break when Ozzie Albies swings away on a 3-0 pitch with the bases loaded....and flies to shallow left.

B7th:  Huge play by Bobby Dalbec, ranging to his right to make a diving stop of a hard-hit grounder by Riley, getting the Sox out of two-out, first-and-third mess.

T7th:  Braves first baseman Austin Riley takes extra bases away from Rafael Devers with a diving stop of a hot shot and getting an out at first as the go-ahead run scores.

T6th: Nice outing from Mazza, his best start of the season by far. Allowed one run over five innings -- to the first batter he faced -- and then gave up only three more hits after that. Struck out six.

T5th:  With one swing, Jackie Bradley Jr. ties the game up with a bomb to straightaway center for his sixth homer of the season.

B4th: Tzu-Wei Lin hasn't played a lot of the corner outfield spots, but he did a nice job cutting that ball off and getting it back into the infield quickly. He threw off-balance and looked a bit awkward, but got the job done.

T3rd: Red Sox unable to get anything at all going the first time through the order. Kyle Wright has retired the first nine hitters in succession to open the game.

B2nd: After allowing the titanic homer to Acuna on his sixth pitch of the night, Chris Mazza has settled in nicely and retired five straight, with three of the last four down on strikeouts.

B1st: Ronald Acuna Jr. crushes a flat cutter, dead red, sending it better than 480 feet into the left field seats.