Dustin Pedroia drove in two and scored while Brock Holt had two
hits and scored twice for the Red Sox. Clay Buchholz issued a
career-high eight walks in three-plus innings and was charged with
six runs but six relievers combined for six scoreless frames, with
Edward Mujica (2-1) earning the win and Koji Uehara picking up his
Justin Upton double twice and recorded three RBIs and B.J. Upton
added an RBI double as the Braves fell for the third time in nine
games. Ervin Santana allowed six runs in five innings and
left-hander Ian Thomas (1-2) came on after a one-hour, 26-minute
rain delay and surrendered the go-ahead run to absorb the loss.
Buchholz walked two in front of Justin Uptonís two-run double in the
third as Atlanta rallied for three runs in the frame to grab the
lead. Buchholz sandwiched two more walks around B.J. Uptonís RBI
double in the fourth before being lifted and Burke Badenhop allowed
a pair of inherited runners to score, giving Atlanta a 6-1 cushion.
Boston clawed back to tie it in the fifth on Pedroiaís two-run
single and Ortizís three-run blast to center that drew loud cheers
from the opposing fans. Thomas struggled with his command in the
seventh, issuing two walks and allowing an infield single before
Ortizís sacrifice fly gave the Red Sox the lead and A.J.
Pierzynskiís broken-bat single made it 8-6.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Boston sent RHP Alex Wilson to Triple-A Pawtucket and
recalled C/1B Ryan Lavarnway. Ö Atlanta LHP Jonny Venters, who is
recovering from a second Tommy John surgery, experienced a setback
when he felt discomfort during a 15-pitch side session on Sunday. Ö
Buchholz, who went 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 2013, is 0-2 with a 9.50
ERA in his last four starts, bumping his season ERA to 7.02.
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