The Atlanta Braves (22-14) got the sweep against the Boston Red Sox (12-25) on Wednesday, with another hot offensive performance, this time from Adam Duvall.
Robbie Erlin started on the mound for the Braves, posting a 6.14 ERA through four games this season. Robinson Leyer started on the mound for the Red Sox, with a 9.00 ERA despite pitching in one game this season.
However, pitching wouldn’t be the story tonight, as Duvall would crush three home runs, to give the Braves the 7-5 win.
Leyer struggled to get out of the first inning, allowing Freddie Freeman to extend his hit streak further and walking Marcell Ozuna. Leyer would have to throw 20 pitches to fight his way out of the top of the first, striking out Travis d’Arnaud to keep the Braves at bay.
Erlin would struggle heavily to start the first, walking Alex Verdugo, then giving up a double to Rafael Devers, allowing Verdugo to score. Erlin would grab his second walk of the night, walking Xander Bogaerts. Braves’ pitching coach Rick Kranitz, would go out to the mound to try to settle him down.
J.D. Martinez would double on a line drive to center field, sending Devers home with Bogaerts heading to third, with the Red Sox leading 2-0.
Michael Chavis would hit a sacrifice fly to center field, sending Bogaerts home for the Red Sox to go up 3-0. Erlin would finally end the Braves’ suffering though, striking out Jackie Bradley Jr. to end the inning.
Mike Kickham would replace Leyer after just one inning for the Red Sox, pitching in the big leagues for the first time in six years. Austin Riley would double on a line drive to right field. Duvall would crush a home run over the Green Monster to cut the Red Sox lead to one.
Johan Camargo would grab a single to left field. Dansby Swanson would crush the ball to deep left field, but Bradley Jr. would make a fantastic catch to get him out. Freeman would crack a single through center field, allowing Camargo to make it to third.
Ozuna would send Camargo home on a ground ball to center field, for the Braves to tie the game 3-3. Nick Markakis would like out to Kickham to send it to the bottom of the second inning. Erlin would have a very easy inning, striking out two batters and forcing Devers to ground out, to send the game to the third-inning, tied 3-3.
Kickham would recover with a 1-2-3 top of the third to keep the Braves bats at bay. Erlin would have an easy inning as well, retiring three to keep it tied at three apiece. Kickham would retire the Braves with ease to send the game to the bottom of the fourth.
Bradley Jr. would give the Red Sox a 4-3 lead on a solo home run to center field, but Erlin would retire Jose Peraza on a fly out to center field. Andrew Triggs would replace Kickham on the night, who would grab two strikeouts in the inning to help the Red Sox preserve their lead.
Erlin would be replaced by Darren O’Day, after four innings and 74 pitches, allowing four runs and grabbing three strikeouts.
Verdugo, would score for the second time on the night on a Martinez fly ball to right field with Devers going to third, the Red Sox leading 5-3. O’Day would end the fifth with a strikeout, however.
Duvall would grab his second two-run homer on the night and his seventh of the season, to tie the game 5-5. Ender Inciarte would groundout to first to end the inning.
Tyler Matzek would replace O’Day for the Braves, walking Bradley Jr. who steal second, where he appeared to be out.
Matzek would strikeout Verdugo for the first time tonight, to end the inning, with the game still tied five all. Ozuna would crush the ball over the Monster, also picking up his twelfth home run of the season, to give the Braves the 6-5 lead.
Matzek would take care of Devers and be replaced by Shane Greene, who would make short work of the Red Sox to send the game to the bottom of the seventh, with the Braves leading 6-5. Ryan Brasier would replace Triggs for the Red Sox, who would give up a solo home run to Duvall, who would pick up his third home run on the night, to give the Braves a 7-5 lead.
Chris Martin would replace Matzek for the Braves, who has a 1.00 ERA through nine innings pitched. Martin would have a 1-2-3 eighth, to send the game to the ninth with the Braves leading 7-5.
Matt Barnes would replace Brasier for the Red Sox, who would retire the Braves in 10 pitches. Mike Melancon would replace Martin and strikeout all three batters he would face to give the Braves the win.
The Braves take on division rivals, the Washington Nationals, Friday, Sept. 4, at 4:10 p.m. EST.