The Boston Red Sox walked off on a ninth inning Xander Bogaerts hit and took advantage of some bad Atlanta Braves defense in a 4-3 come-from-behind victory Thursday night at Fenway Park.
Making a play on a ball scalded by Bogaerts, Braves’ third baseman Chris Johnson threw wide of second baseman Tommy La Stella and Jackie Bradley came around to score and complete the comeback. This followed a two-run eighth inning rally keyed by multiple Atlanta defensive gaffes.
The Red Sox have now won four in a row, rounding out a sweep of the Braves in a home-and-home series to rebound from a season-high ten game lull.
The comeback redeemed Jake Peavy‘s eight inning effort, as the veteran righty allowed eight hits, a walk and three earned runs, striking out four. The Braves got their runs on a Jason Heyward dong, an Evan Gattis RBI single that scored Freddie Freeman after a controversial balk, and a Freeman RBI double in the eighth. With only two come-from-behind wins trailing after seven innings this season, the Sox looked sunk. Instead, the crowd at Fenway rocked to an improbable victory snatched from the jaws of defeat.