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Red Sox defeat Braves, snap 10-game losing streak

May 26, 2014, 6:32 PM EDT

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It didn’t look very promising early on, but the Red Sox snapped their 10-game losing streak with an 8-6 victory over the Braves this afternoon at Turner Field in Atlanta.

Clay Buchholz put the Red Sox in an early hole by allowing six runs on four hits and a career-high eight walks over three innings before being pulled. With a 7.02 ERA through 10 starts, he continues to be a complete mess. While Ervin Santana was handed an early 6-1 advantage by Buchholz and the Braves’ offense, the Red Sox came storming back in the fifth inning with a two-run double from Dustin Pedroia and a game-tying three-run home run from David Ortiz.

After a rain delay of one hour and 26 minutes, Ortiz delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh inning and A.J. Pierzynski followed with an RBI single to provide some insurance. The bullpen was huge for Boston today, as Burke Badenhop, Chris Capuano, Edward Mujica, Junichi Tazawa, Andrew Miller, and Koji Uehara combined for six scoreless innings to lock down the victory.

The win was Boston’s first since way back on May 14. The defending World Series champions now stand at 21-29 on the year, 7 1/2 games back of the first-place Blue Jays in the American League East.

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  1. tfbuckfutter - May 26, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Even though he got the win, the fact that Edward Mujica was pitching in a tie game is still a worrisome sign.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 26, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      It’s like the time I almost had a heart attack at 27 when Morales pitched in the ALCS.

  2. rollinghighwayblues - May 26, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Beckett may have been dealt a while back but his spirit still lives through Buccholz. Those two may be the slowest workers ever. That and listening to Sutcliffe for four hours almost killed me.

  3. Rob MLB on TV - May 26, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Best part… the Sox came back from a 5 run deficit. Something that just a day ago was apparently too much to overcome, allowing unwritten stolen base rules to go into effect.

    • infieldhit - May 26, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      Worst part… “That fight may be a turning point to the season!”

      • jcmeyer10 - May 26, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        The Bruins have something to teach this team. Sometimes a fight can create a spark. It was stupid but if it works I will laugh.

      • 22yearsagotoday - May 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        It will take timely hitting and solid pitching to turn this season around. Good luck to the World Champion Boston Red Sox. The way they have played this season it is easy to forget that.

    • hittfamily - May 26, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      2 days ago they blew a 5 run top half of the first against David Price and the Rays. Yesterday, they moan about how a 5 run lead is insurmountable. Today, they come back from 5 runs down.

      Lesson: Red Sox players are idiots.

  4. proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    I got a laugh out of the crowd. It sounded as if there were almost as many Boston fans at the game as Braves fans. Ortiz got a huge ovation when he hit the 3 run homer.

    • afrancis55 - May 26, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      It’s called bandwagon fans. Don’t tell me all those people traveled from Boston to Atlanta with the work week starting again tomorrow.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        You’re aware Atlanta is a pretty big hub, and isn’t comprised of entirely native individuals, right?

      • renaado - May 26, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        I still remember when the Yankees visited them at home last year, and damn, Yankee fans were all over the place when I watched em on tv.

      • renaado - May 26, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        Last last year.

  5. Old Gator - May 26, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Let the Beanbags sleep, for when they awaken the world will tremble…..

    • aceshigh11 - May 26, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      Sadly, no. This team is a collective dead man walking. They may not finish in last place, but they’re finished for the year.

    • renaado - May 26, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Out of all teams… It’s the freakin Braves.

    • 18thstreet - May 27, 2014 at 7:22 AM

      They only have two starting pitchers. Unless a couple of the kids from Pawtucket can contribute (which is certainly possible), they’re doomed.

  6. tccoats - May 26, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Sutcliffe make my ears bleed

  7. oregonbravesfan - May 26, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    The Braves snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

  8. renaado - May 26, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    WTC!?

  9. deathmonkey41 - May 27, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    The Braves must have thought this was the playoffs- with the way they choked this game away…

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