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BSJ Game Report: Braves 8, Red Sox 7 (11) – Sox keep finding ways to lose

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All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 8-7 loss to the Braves, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:

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Red Sox get inventive: It's not easy to score five runs from the ninth inning on and still lose. But the Red Sox found a way. In a wild back-and-forth rock fight, the Sox led 2-1 after seven innings. But in the bottom of the eighth, the Braves managed three runs off Ryan Brasier to claim a 4-2 lead. The Sox, to their credit and with considerable assistance from a sloppy Braves defense, responded with two runs of their own in the top of the ninth to tie the game. As the teams moved to extra innings, the Red Sox again scored twice in the top of the 10th on run-scoring singles from Kevin Plawecki and Bobby Dalbec. But with Jeffrey Springs on for the save in the bottom of the inning, the Braves scored two more to tie it....again. Ever resilient -- on the offensive side, at least -- the Red Sox used an a sacrifice fly from Alex Verdugo in the top of the 11th for their third lead in the span of five innings. But it didn't last long. With Springs back out for another inning, Freddie Freeman led off with a two-run homer, sending the Braves to a walkoff win. "Tough loss,'' conceded Ron Roenicke. "Offensively, I thought we did a great job. We just didn't pitch as well in the late innings once we got the lead.''

Mazza emerges as a depth piece: The night didn't begin well for starter Chris Mazza, who allowed a home run that traveled nearly 500 feet to the first batter he faced, Ronald Acuna Jr. But that was the last real damage landed against Mazza, who gave the Sox five innings and didn't allow another run the rest of the way. Mazza will turn 31 next month, so he's hardly a prospect. But as one of the journeyman whom the Sox auditioned over the course of the season, he's been impressive at times and may position himself as a swing man for next year : able to provide some length in relief with the ability to step into the rotation at times. If nothing else, the injuries to Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez was a stark reminder of the importance of depth on a staff and Mazza has demonstrated that he might be able to help in that department in 2021.