Marcell Ozuna delivers run-scoring single in 8th as Braves end 3-game skid, beat Red Sox 4-2

Tue, May 7, 2024
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Marcell Ozuna delivers run-scoring single in 8th as Braves end 3-game skid, beat Red Sox 4-2

ATLANTA (AP) - Marcell Ozuna's run-scoring single in the eighth inning gave Atlanta the lead and the Braves beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Boston's Kutter Crawford and Atlanta's Reynaldo Lopez each allowed two runs in a matchup of right-handers with ERA's under 2.00.

With the game tied at 2, Boston right-hander Justin Slaten (2-1) walked Ozzie Albies and gave up a single to Austin Riley to open the eighth. With one out, Ozuna bounced a grounder through the infield to drive in Albies for a 3-2 lead. Riley advanced to third on the play and scored on Orlando Arcia's grounder to first, extending the lead to two runs.

Crawford hit Travis d'Arnaud with a pitch in the third inning before Jarred Kelenic pulled a belt-high cutter 368 feet over the high right-field wall for a two-run homer, his first, giving Atlanta a 2-0 lead.

It was only the second homer allowed in eight starts for Crawford, each coming in his last two starts.

Crawford (1.56) and Lopez (1.50) began the night ranked among the ERA leaders in the majors for pitchers with at least five starts.

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Lopez gave up at least one hit in each of his first five innings, but was effective in pitching out of trouble. Jaren Duran was stranded after leading off the game with a double and hitting a one-out triple in the fifth. Lopez struck out Rafael Devers and Tyler O'Neill to end the fifth.

Lopez couldn't overcome three sixth-inning walks, including a bases-loaded pass to Reese McGuire that forced in a run. Ceddanne Rafaela's infield single off the back of left-hander Aaron Bummer's right knee, drove in Vaughn Grissom, who reached on shortstop Orlando Arcia's fielding error, for a 2-2 tie.

Atlanta right-hander Joe Jimenez (1-0) stranded two runners in the eighth when Adam Duvall made a sliding catch of Tyler O'Neill's drive toward the left-center gap to end the inning.

Raisel Iglesias pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: OF/DH Masataka Yoshida (left thumb strain), who was placed on the injured list on May 1, will have a second opinion on Wednesday. ... RHP Garrett Whitlock (left oblique strain) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment next week.

Braves: LHP Tyler Matzek, who missed the 2023 season following Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, was placed on the 15-day injured list with inflammation in the elbow. The move came after another reliever, RHP Pierce Johnson, landed on the 15-day IL on Sunday with right elbow inflammation. LHP Ray Kerr was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

UP NEXT

Atlanta LHP Chris Sale (4-1, 3.44 ERA), who pitched for Boston from 2017-23 before being traded to the Braves in a deal that sent infielder Vaughn Grissom to the Red Sox, will face his former teammates on Wednesday night. Boston RHP Nick Pivetta (right elbow flexor strain) is expected to come off the IL and be ready to pitch five innings.

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