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Red Sox score four in seventh, rally past Braves again

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ATLANTA -- The Red Sox are headed home with a new streak and renewed optimism.

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run single during Boston's four-run seventh inning, and the Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Tuesday night in their latest comeback following their longest losing streak in 20 years.

Dustin Pedroia had three hits and Grady Sizemore went 2 for 5 with a go-ahead groundout in the seventh.

The Red Sox snapped their 10-game losing streak on Monday, overcoming a five-run deficit to top Atlanta 8-6. Now they have a winning streak and a feeling that it's their turn for some good breaks as they prepare to play two games against the Braves in Boston.

"It's good for our self-esteem," said Jonny Gomes, who singled and scored on Bradley's hit in the seventh, and then had a highlight-worthy catch in right field in the eighth.

Jon Lester (5-6) snapped a personal two-game losing streak by giving up three runs and eight hits in six innings.

"To come here ... with that streak and end up getting two [wins] here is really big," Lester said.

Koji Uehara worked the ninth for his 11th save.

"More than anything, our guys are having fun playing the game," Boston manager John Farrell said. "It was a tough 10-game stretch we came through but there's been plenty of energy kind of injected back in the dugout."

Farrell said bloop hits by Gomes and David Ortiz in the seventh were good signs that luck has changed for the Red Sox.

"It was good to see maybe the worm turn a little bit with runners in scoring position," Farrell said.

Braves starter Aaron Harang left with a 3-2 lead after the sixth. Anthony Varvaro (1-1) took the loss.

Jason Heyward hit a first-inning homer and Chris Johnson drove in two runs for Atlanta.

The Braves had two injury scares.

Catcher Evan Gattis was a late scratch after straining his right wrist in batting practice. He sat on the bench with a brace. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons left in the eighth with inflammation in his right ankle.

"We don't see anything that is long-term," manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Simmons and Gattis.

Simmons said the pain was "just a nagging thing. So hopefully it stops nagging."

Harang gave up seven hits before Boston tagged the Braves' bullpen in the seventh.

Varvaro gave up one-out singles to Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia before left-hander Luis Avilan was summoned to face Ortiz.

Ortiz, batting .283 against left-handers and .263 versus right-handers, hit an RBI single that made it 3-3.

A day earlier, he had a home run and four RBI at Turner Field. He drew loud boos in the eighth when he grounded out and then broke his bat over his knee.

After Ortiz tied it, Gomes' blooper to right field loaded the bases. Sizemore's broken-bat groundout drove in Pedroia for a 4-3 lead.

After an intentional walk to David Ross, Bradley singled.

The rally made a winner of Lester, who agreed with Farrell's description of his outing as a "grind."

"I made some decent pitches when I had to and minimized damage when I had to," Lester said.

The Braves loaded the bases in the second but didn't score. Harang hit into a double play, and Heyward's grounder to Pedroia ended the inning.

Sizemore doubled with one out in the fourth and stole third. Gonzalez challenged the call, but a replay review showed Sizemore was safe. Ross hit a single that made it 2-2.

Freddie Freeman's first triple of the year set up the Braves' go-ahead run in the fifth. Justin Upton walked and Johnson hit a blooper that fell in right, turning into a run-scoring forceout at second.

Gomes delivered the defensive highlight of the game with his diving catch on Gerald Laird's sinking liner in the eighth.

Notes

Heyward's homer was the first allowed by Lester to a left-handed hitter in 180 at-bats, including postseason games, since July 18, 2013. ... The teams will play the first of two games in Boston on Wednesday night when Red Sox RHP John Lackey faces RHP Gavin Floyd.

 
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A two-game winning streak might not seem like much, but the Red Sox will take it after dropping 10 in a row.  (USATSI)
A two-game winning streak might not seem like much, but the Red Sox will take it after dropping 10 in a row. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Boston

D. Pedroia
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Atlanta

A. Harang
IP 6.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 1
K 7
 
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brock Holt, 3B5110003 .313
Xander Bogaerts, SS5110010 .277
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4131000 .278
David Ortiz, 1B4111112 .269
Jonny Gomes, RF5110013 .236
Grady Sizemore, LF5121010 .227
David Ross, C4011110 .172
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF4022012 .201
Jon Lester, P3000023 .000
   a-Ryan Lavarnway, PH0000000 .000
   b-Mike Carp, PH0000000 .231
   Craig Breslow, P0000000 .000
   Junichi Tazawa, P0000000 .000
   Andrew Miller, P0000000 .000
   Koji Uehara, P0000000 .000
Totals39612628  
a-announced for Lester in the 7th
b-hit by pitch for Lavarnway in the 7th
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (18, Harang), Grady Sizemore (9, Harang)
SF - Dustin Pedroia (1)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia (17), David Ortiz (30), Grady Sizemore (14), David Ross (5), Jackie Bradley Jr. 2 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Jackie Bradley Jr. 2 (9)
SB - Grady Sizemore (4, 3rd base off Harang/Laird), Jackie Bradley Jr. (4, 2nd base off Harang/Laird)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jonny Gomes 1
DP - Lester-Ross-Ortiz, Lester-Ross-Ortiz-Pedroia-Bogaerts-Ortiz
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jon Lester (W,5-6) 6833371 3.45
Craig Breslow (H,1) 0.2100000 5.29
Junichi Tazawa (H,4) 0.2100100 2.35
Andrew Miller (H,3) 0.2000020 2.66
Koji Uehara (S,11) 1000020 0.87
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 111-67, Craig Breslow 12-9, Junichi Tazawa 16-8, Andrew Miller 10-7, Koji Uehara 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 8-1, Craig Breslow 1-1
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 27, Craig Breslow 3, Junichi Tazawa 4, Andrew Miller 2, Koji Uehara 3
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Heyward, RF5111023 .240
B.J. Upton, CF5110011 .210
Freddie Freeman, 1B5120031 .305
Justin Upton, LF3030100 .311
Chris Johnson, 3B3002013 .263
Andrelton Simmons, SS3020001 .266
   Dan Uggla, 2B0000100 .177
Gerald Laird, C4010023 .217
Tyler Pastornicky, 2B2000100 .200
   Anthony Varvaro, P0000000 .000
   Luis Avilan, P0000000 .000
   David Hale, P0000000 .000
   a-Ryan Doumit, PH1000011 .231
   Ian Thomas, P0000000 .000
Aaron Harang, P1000101 .053
   b-Ramiro Pena, PH-2B-SS2000011 .164
Totals343103411  
a-struck out for Hale in the 8th
b-grounded out for Harang in the 6th
Batting
2B - B.J. Upton (10, Lester)
3B - Freddie Freeman (1, Lester)
HR - Jason Heyward (4, Lester)
SF - Chris Johnson (2)
RBI - Jason Heyward (12), Chris Johnson 2 (13)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Chris Johnson (3, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Harang 6722170 3.29
Anthony Varvaro (L,1-1; H,3) 0.1222000 3.00
Luis Avilan (BS,1) 0.1322100 4.86
David Hale 1.1000000 1.40
Ian Thomas 1000010 4.22
IBB - Ortiz by Aaron Harang, Ross by Luis Avilan
WP - Aaron Harang (2)
HBP - Carp (by David Hale)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 106-70, Anthony Varvaro 7-6, Luis Avilan 16-8, David Hale 17-11, Ian Thomas 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 4-8, Anthony Varvaro 1-0, Luis Avilan 1-0, David Hale 3-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 27, Anthony Varvaro 3, Luis Avilan 5, David Hale 5, Ian Thomas 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37168
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - John Tumpane