Markakis keys rally as Braves top Red Sox

Braves4The Braves came up with the timely hits on Wednesday night, leading to a 5-2 victory over the reeling Red Sox.
With the game locked in a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning, Nick Markakis drilled an RBI single through the hole and into left field to give the Braves their first lead of the night. A.J. Pierzynski walked with the bases loaded for an insurance run.
“I tell you what, we battled offensively,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. “We scratch and claw for every single run.”
Mike Napoli’s homer to left-center in the sixth inning had given the Red Sox a 2-1 lead. But Pedro Ciriaco belted an RBI single against Alexei Ogando to tie it in the bottom of the inning. Ciriaco also had a game-tying RBI double in the fourth.
Alex Wood went six strong innings for the Braves, giving up five hits and two runs (one earned). He walked two and struck out seven. Joe Kelly wasn’t as efficient as he wanted to be for Boston, throwing 103 pitches over five-plus innings. The righty allowed five hits and two runs while walking three and striking out three. He put the Red Sox on the board with an RBI infield single in the fourth.
“You know, Joe kept a big inning from happening,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “There were a number of foul balls, some deep counts that ran his pitch count up. And on a hot night, he gave us everything he had. He leaves with a one-run lead, and unfortunately we can’t either extend it or keep their offense in check.”
Atlanta has taken two of the first three games of this home-and-home, four-game stretch against a Boston team that has lost eight out of nine.
WHAT’S NEXT
Red Sox: Right-hander Clay Buchholz, who has pitched pretty well of late, draws the start in the last of four games between the Red Sox and Braves, 6:10 p.m. CT on Thursday night in Atlanta here on Thunder Radio. Buchholz had a tough outing at Turner Field last year, giving up six runs on four hits and eight walks in three innings.
Braves: Shelby Miller is set to take the mound for the Braves. June has seen a slightly less sharp version of Miller, as he has posted a 4.08 ERA in three starts since the end of May.