ATLANTA ( Associated Press) — Rafael Devers says five straight losses had driven home the ugly point for the Boston Red Sox’s final-place finish: “We’re not playing well.”
A huge hit by the Devers helped provide hope that the Red Sox could revive their offense and their season.
devours hit him Career’s first Grand Slam And the Red Sox broke for clean shaven manager Alex Cora in a 9-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night, which ended a five-game skid.
Devers hit a fastball Behind the Braves’ bullpen 432 feet off the center-field scoreboard from Kyle Wright.
“I got a good pitch to hit,” said Devers via a translator. “…if it was in the zone, I’d be a good swinger at it.”
Devers also had a double and a walk.
The slam, Devers’ fifth homer, was the highlight of Boston’s six-run second innings. Trevor Story was a two run singles in the ninth.
The Red Sox matched a season high to score last April 13. Boston scored six on their last four losses.
“I think there are very good batsmen overall,” Cora said. “…the line was moving today.”
The offensive boom came when Cora decided to shave off her salt-and-pepper beard ahead of the series. He grew his facial hair before the season and joked that it was to blame for his team’s poor start.
“If our offense depends on my facial hair, we’re in big trouble,” Cora said after the game.
Christian Vazquez had a run-scoring single and Jackie Bradley Jr. drew a base-loaded walk before Dever’s slam gave Boston a 6–0 lead.
The Red Sox took a 6-4 lead before adding three runs in the ninth off Tyler Thornberg. Alex Verdugo’s base-loaded walk goes into one run before Story’s two-run single.
The Red Sox ended six consecutive series losing streaks in Atlanta by splitting it into at least two matches.
Boston (11–19) finished last in the AL East, 10 1/2 games behind the first-place New York Yankees.
The Red Sox, which lost to Houston in last season’s AL Championship Series, aren’t the only team struggling to regain their winning form. The defending World Series champion Braves (14-17) fell seven games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets.
The Braves, after a series win over Milwaukee, have had no victories longer than two games this season.
Wright (3-2) conceded seven hits and six runs in four walks in 4 2/3 innings.
Travis D’Arnaud hit a two-run homer off Garrett Whitlock, who conceded four hits and three runs in four walks in three innings. Tyler Danish (1-0) allowed one hit in two unscored innings.
Right-hander John Schreiber made his first save with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings.
Braves designated hitter Marcel Ozuna was 0 for 2 but scored two runs with a sacrificial fly and a fielder’s pick of ground. Ozuna is killing the .210.
“He has struggled,” said Brave manager Brian Snitker. “…he’s going through a stretch where he doesn’t like where he is, but it’s not about a lack of work.”
shake it Up
Cora didn’t depend on her clean looks to change the course of her team. He also changed his lineup.
Story, .194 hits, finished sixth instead of top of the lineup and had two hits, including a single, in the big second inning. Xander Bogarts dropped one place to fourth and had three hits. Designated hitter JD Martinez finished third instead of fourth and had one.
Red Sox LHP Rich Hill, who was placed on the COVID-19 injury list Friday, is “doing well” and symptom-free, according to Cora, but still required two negative tests before being activated. waiting for. “If all goes well,” Cora said, “Hill could return to the rotation for this weekend’s series in Texas.”
Atlanta’s Ian Anderson (3-1, 4.01) will face Boston’s Nathan Iovaldi (1-1, 2.94) in a right-handers matchup in the final game of the series on Wednesday night. Anderson conceded four runs in four innings last season in his last debut against the Red Sox. Eovaldi is 2-2 with a 2.71 ERA in 14 starts against the Braves.
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