Sox take advantage of sloppy Braves' defense to cap series sweep
BOSTON -- Jackie Bradley Jr. scored the game-winning run on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth as host Boston took advantage of poor Atlanta defense to cap a four-game sweep with a 4-3 win Thursday night.
Xander Bogaerts' hard-hit grounder to third with runners on first and second in the ninth was fielded by Chris Johnson, who bounced the throw to second base, allowing Bradley to round third and race home with the game-winning run. Koji Uehara (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory, Brock Holt and Bogaerts each collected three hits with a RBI and A.J. Pierzynski had two hits for the Red Sox.
Jason Heyward hit his second homer in the past three days and joined Andrelton Simmons with two hits for the Braves. Boston scored twice in the eighth, aided by a pair of Atlanta errors in the frame, and Craig Kimbrel (0-1) walked the first two hitters he faced in the ninth.
Heyward gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead with two outs in the third, hitting a 2-1 Peavy pitch into the right-field seats for his fifth homer of the season. The Braves took advantage of a Jake Peavy balk in the fourth with Freddie Freeman scoring on Evan Gattis' single to left only two pitches after he had moved to second on the balk.
Boston cut the lead in half in the fifth on doubles by David Ross and Holt off the Green Monster in left, but Freeman's double to left scored B.J. Upton in the eighth to make it 3-1. The Red Sox rallied in the home half off David Carpenter on Bogaerts' RBI single and Pierzynski's single with B.J. Upton's error on the play bringing home Bogaerts to tie the contest at 3.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Atlanta starter Mike Minor held the Red Sox to one run on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts in seven innings, while Peavy allowed three runs on eight hits with one walk and four strikeouts in eight innings. ... Boston scratched DH David Ortiz from the lineup with right calf soreness, drawing an intentional walk in the eighth. ... Red Sox 1B Ryan Lavarnway left the game in the fifth with left wrist soreness.