fr24news-The Braves enjoyed a day-long record of .500, falling to the Red Sox 9-4 in a rainy final that saw Boston score seven unanswered runs just before the tarp was deployed. The teams reconvened after a long delay, only to see Boston tack on two more before closing things.
Atlanta quickly took the lead against Red Sox right-hander Nick Pivetta, scoring two runs in the first inning as Ozzie Albies tripled at home Freddie Freeman and later scored on a brace from Dansby Swanson. Atlanta added another run in the second as William Contreras brought Guillermo Heredia home on a sacrificed fly, giving the Braves an early 3-0 lead.
The Red Sox scored their first inning late in the second, as Hunter Renfroe had a solo homerun to left field from Braves starter Drew Smyly. Boston would tie the game two innings later on Rafael Devers’ two-run homer, tying the score at 3-3.
The Braves quickly regained the lead in the fifth inning on an Austin Riley solo homer to left field that left the stick at 110 mph. It was the seventh home run in nine games for Riley, who grabbed a prime spot in the Atlanta roster. He continues to crush the ball, which will be an essential element for the Braves attack in the absence of Marcell Ozuna.
If the rain had come to this point, it might have saved the Braves from total collapse. Unfortunately, the rain held up long enough for the Red Sox to score four runs in the sixth inning and take a 7-4 lead. All seven points were charged to starter Drew Smyly, which made for some really strong contact in the round. That poor outing ended a solid streak of work for the southpaw in May, pushing him to a 5.95 ERA for the season.
Atlanta was given a chance at redemption after a nearly three-hour delay in the rain, but the Boston relievers box managed to slam the door. Grant Dayton was less fortunate, allowing two runs in the eighth inning to push the Braves’ deficit to 9-4. William Contreras had a solo homerun in the ninth, making the score 9-5.
The Braves are now heading to New York in an effort to grab the top spot from the Mets. Injuries have ravaged both rosters, but Atlanta has a health advantage between the two rosters. Hopefully the Braves can maintain their offensive success and find a way to get past the .500 mark in the near future.