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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.

Nolan Arenado swats go-ahead homer for 1,000th career hit

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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado entered Monday night’s game against the Nationals sitting on 997 hits for his career spanning seven seasons. Arenado hit an RBI double in the first inning, grounded out in the third, doubled again to lead off the fifth, then hit a solo homer to lead off the seventh, breaking a 5-5 tie. The homer, off of Wander Suero, represented the 1,000th career hit for Arenado.

Arenado now has four homers on the season along with 14 RBI, 15 runs scored, and a .281/.337/.483 batting line. He has recovered nicely after a slow start to the season — he had a .610 OPS following an 0-for-4 game against the Giants on April 13.