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Red Sox score eight runs in final two innings, stun Braves 9-8

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The Atlanta Braves dropped the first couple of games in their series against the Red Sox but it looked like they’d avoid the sweep today. With the Red Sox resting multiple regulars, Atlanta took a 7-1 lead after five innings, cruising behind starter Mike Foltynewicz.

The score remained 7-1 after seven innings. Unfortunately for the Braves, games are nine innings long.

It wasn’t just a come-from-behind victory for the Red Sox. It was a dramatic, double come-from-behind victory, with Boston scoring six in the eighth inning to tie things up and two more in the ninth to win it.

Those seven came thanks to a two-run double from Blake Swihart, RBI singles from Andrew Benintendi and Ian Kinsler and a sac fly from Steven Pearce. The Braves bullpen melted down. It was as simple as that.

But it wasn’t over yet! Because Freddie Freeman — who did not start thanks to a much-needed day off — came up in the bottom of the eighth and hit a solo homer to grab back the lead for the Braves:

Three outs to go, and it looked as if the Braves would lock this one up. But . . . nope.

Benintendi reached on a single and was still at first base when the second out of the inning was recorded. That left it all up to the newest Red Sox player, Brandon Phillips. Phillips had already walked twice and scored twice on the day, so it’s not like he was rusty despite not seeing major league action in 2018. Indeed, he got the call up to Boston because he stuck out minor league assignments all year long and is as sharp as he can be at this point in his career.

Still, I’m not sure anyone was expecting him to hit a no-doubter into the left field stands:

Just crushed. With that the Red Sox led 9-8. Craig Kimbrel would come on for the bottom of the ninth and close it out. Sox win.

The Braves have lost three and a row and six of their last eight. Their lead in the NL East is now down to two and a half over Philly, pending the Phillies game against the Marlins tonight.

For the Red Sox: just another victory in a season full of them.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.