The Red Sox came back from two runs down to earn their third walk-off win of the season. Braves closer Craig Kimbrel walked Jackie Bradley and Brock Holt to lead off the ninth before Xander Bogaerts laced a sharp grounder to third baseman Chris Johnson, who made a nice stop. But his throw to second was wild, allowing Bradley to score the winning run.
The win extends the Sox season-best winning streak to four games, as they swept the home-and-home series with the Braves.
The Braves scored single runs in the third (on Jason Heyward’s two-out home run), fourth, and eight innings.
Neither starter was involved in the decision. Jake Peavy went a season-high eight innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walks with four strikeouts. He has allowed one home run in 10 of his 11 starts. Peavy lowered his ERA from 4.65 to 4.50. Peavy matched his season high for the fourth time with 113 pitches, 80 strikes.
Braves lefty Mike Minor went seven innings, giving up one run on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Trailing by two runs in the eighth, the Red Sox tied the game, thanks in part to an error each by Braves left fielder Justin Upton and his brother, center fielder B.J. Upton. Facing Braves reliever David Carpenter, the Sox sent eight batters to the plate in the inning. Brock Holt led off with a single, taking second on Justin Upton’s fielding error. Holt scored on Xander Bogaerts’ single. After Dustin Pedroia singled, moving Bogaerts to second, A. J. Pierzynski singled to center, with Bogaerts scoring on B.J. Upton’s fielding error.
After Jonny Gomes struck out, Carpenter was done, with lefty Luis Avilan entering, striking out Grady Sizemore. David Ortiz, who was scratched from the original lineup with a right calf injury, pinch hit of Daniel Nava, but Ortiz was intentionally walked, loading the bases. Craig Kimbrel entered, getting David Ross to fly out, ending the inning.
Koji Uehara, who pitched a scoreless ninth, earned the win. Kimbrel took the loss.
· The Red Sox erased a two-run deficit to score three runs thanks to three Brave errors over the final two innings. It was the Sox third walk-off win of the season.
· The Sox first two hitters — Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts – combined to go 6-for-9 with two doubles, a walk, two runs scored, two RBI, and a strikeout.
· Grady Sizemore grounded into a double play to end the fourth inning. It was his team-leading sixth double play of the season. The Sox entered the game having grounded into 48 double plays, tied with Cleveland for third-most in the AL, behind Texas with 54 and Tampa Bay with 49.
· Jake Peavy has allowed one home run in 10 of his 11 starts.
· The Sox have allowed opponents to score first in 28 of 53 games this season.
· Bogaerts’ single in the bottom of the ninth inning, allowed Jackie Bradley, Jr. to score the game-winning run on Tommy La Stella’s error. Bogaerts went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. It was his second-straight three-hit performance, the first time in his career with at least three hits in consecutive games and his fourth multi-hit game in his last six, over which he is batting .423, going 11-for-26. He is now tied with Dustin Pedroia for the most multi-hit games on the club this season with 15.
· Holt went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a run scored, and an RBI. He matched a career high reaching base four times. He has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, batting .349, going 15-for-43. He is batting .429, going 12-for-28, against lefties this season.
· The four-game win streak is the Sox’ longest since winning five straight from Sept. 3-7, 2013.
· It was the first time they have swept back-to-back series since beating the Rays and Indians three games each from April 13-18, 2013.
· The Sox improved to 3-5 in walk-off wins, 6-22 when the opponent scores first, 3-21 when trailing after seven innings, and 6-12 in one-run games. It was their 10th come-from-behind win.
AROUND THE BASES:
· The Sox were 5-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
· Peavy went a season-high eight innings. He committed his first balk of the season. He allowed just one walk and has issued just two walks total in his last three starts, spanning 20 innings.
· A.J. Pierzynski extended his hitting streak to eight games, over which he is batting .400, going 14-for-35.
· Bogaerts has reached base in 16 of his last 17 games at .373 (25-for-67) with 6 doubles, a triple, 2 homers, 7 RBI, and 5 walks in that stretch.
· Dustin Pedroia went 1-for-4, extending his on-base streak to 18 games, over which he is batting .274, going 20-for-73.
· Ryan Lavarnway made his first major league start at first base.
· Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa is scheduled to start Saturday against the Rays. It will be his first major league start since July 31, 2011, while with the Dodgers. He made 10 starts for the Dodgers that season. He appeared in 11 games for the Sox last season, going 0-2 with a 5.56 ERA.
· David Ortiz was scratched with a sore right calf but pinch hit in the eighth inning.
· Lavarnway left in the fifth inning with a sore left wrist and will undergo an MRI on Friday.
· Mike Carp, sore foot after being hit by a pitch on Tuesday, was available.
The Sox host the Rays for three games beginning Friday at 7:10 p.m. Right-hander Brandon Workman (0-0, 3.18 ERA) is scheduled to start, opposed by Rays ace lefty-hander David Price (4-4, 4.42).
This will be the second start of the season for Workman, who was called up May 26 to take Felix Doubront’s place in the rotation. This will be his second start against the Rays, the first time in his career he has faced the same team in consecutive starts. In his last outing he went five innings, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts and a home run. In two career starts against the Rays he is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA, allowing five earned runs in 11 innings, with five walks and seven strikeouts.