BOSTON – Mookie Betts hit his major league-leading 17th home run, JD Martinez hit his 16th homer and the Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 Friday night hours
Boston won its fifth win in six games shortly after announcing that Hanley Ramirez was in action. The move cleared Dustin Pedroia's starting spot, which was to be activated by the DL, and also created a chance for a regular season with Mitch Moreland, who had a solo homer in the eighth.
The Red Sox fared well Without Ramirez, the battling thug, they signed a $ 88 million four-year deal ahead of the 2015 season. Xander Bogaerts also had a solo homer as Boston turned big time on its seven goals.
Eduardo Rodriguez struggled early, but managed to hold Atlanta to hold only two runs on six shots with three lanes in 5 2/3 innings. Rodriguez (5-1) scored seven goals in spite of his early control problems and went three laps.
Nick Markakis scored a double double for the Braves, who lost three out of four. Julio Tehran (4-2) threw six innings, allowed three runs on four strokes, went three and knocked out four.
Martinez moved Boston within 2-1 with a starting homer in fourth on a liner that hit the top of the green monster. Bogaerts tied it two bats later on a solo shot that left the ballpark completely.
Boston took his first lead in the fifth when Jackie Bradley Jr. tripled to breed out with one and met Andrew Benintendi Sacrifice Fly.
Rodriguez appeared for a short night when he allowed two or more Baserunners in each of the first three innings. Atlanta scored twice in the third set as Ronald Acuna Jr. and Freddie Freeman started the inning with successive double missions. Markakis both left with a double.
The hits from Betts and Moreland came from Matt Wisler.
Braves: LHP places Luiz Gohara on the blacklist so that he can return to Brazil to spend time with his mother while recovering from a heart surgery. … Atlanta remembered RHP Matt Wisler of Triple-A Gwinnett.
Red Sox: Activated second baseman Pedroia (off-season knee surgery), but did not start him. Dave Dombrowski, president of the baseball team, said the Red Sox would reopen the four-time All-Star and the 2008 AL MVP, probably on Saturday. He feels well, he has no pain, so we think he will be fine, but we will be careful in that regard, "Dombrowski said.
Braves: A rookie who grew up in Massachusetts, Sean Newcomb (5-1, 1.29 ERA) is 4-0 with a .36 ERA in four starts this month and makes his first appearance against the Red Sox. The Middleboro High School alum had a run of 21 consecutive scoreless innings before the Miami Marlins scored one in Atlanta's last Saturday's 8-1 win against him.
Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-2, 5.97) only lasted four innings against Baltimore on May 18, allowing five runs – four earned – on seven hits as he beats a season-low two.
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