Red Sox fall to Braves 8-4, drop 4th straight game

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Red Sox fall to Braves 8-4, drop 4th straight game
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Atlanta Braves’ Vaughn Grissom celebrates while running the first base line during his two-run homer against the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022 in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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BOSTON (AP) — Vaughn Grissom was running third when he sank.

He had just cleared the Green Monster for his first major league hit, and he gave himself an emphatic slap before completing his trotting home run.

“It was like a ‘We made it’ moment, I guess,” the Braves’ top prospect said after his home run in his major league debut to help Atlanta beat the Red Sox 8-4 on Wednesday night. “Like a ‘We did it’ type feeling.”

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Grissom homered on Lansdowne Street, then hit a single and scored another run, and Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run homer to help Atlanta complete a two-game sweep. Kyle Wright picked up his 14th league-leading victory for the defending World Series champions, who arrived in Boston after losing four of five to the first-place Mets and are now seven games back in the NL East .

“We had a tough weekend,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ” The good thing is ; it will happen. I didn’t think it was going to be bump free.

Called earlier in the day from Double-A, Grissom, 21, went hitless in his first two at-bats but hit the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning completely out of Fenway Park. . He tossed his bat aside before flying around the bases, cheered as he rounded third and arrived home to be congratulated by Michael Harris II, who had picked ahead of him.

A good number of Braves fans in the crowd of 35,406 cheered for Grissom. Grissom picked his next shot, stole the second, and scored. When he gave a post-match interview on the pitch, the fans behind the dugout chanted his name.

“I just took a second for myself (before the game) to really look at everything, and do my best to take a picture in my head,” said Grissom, who returned to the pitch with his family after the game. . . “You really don’t know until you actually do it. I mean, you try to prepare and stuff, but it’s nothing like what you think it’s going to be.

Wright (14-5) allowed one run and one walk in six innings, striking out five for the 10th win in 12 decisions.

Red Sox trade deadline picker Tommy Pham homered for the third straight game, hitting a three-run shot in the seventh to turn a 5-1 deficit into a one-run game. But the Braves scored two more in the eighth, on Eddie Rosario’s brace and Ozuna’s sacrifice fly.

Nick Pivetta (8-9) pitched six innings, allowing three runs — Ozuna’s home run — on five hits and two walks while striking out five. The bottom-placed Red Sox lost their fourth straight game and sixth of seven.

WELCOME TO THE GREAT

Grissom was batting .324 with 14 homers, 67 RBIs and 27 stolen bases in singles and double-As this season. His mom, dad, stepdad, sister, aunt and girlfriend traveled all the way from Florida to watch him play second base and beat ninth on his debut.

Grissom hit on a fielder’s pick in the third inning, struck out in the fifth, and came back with a block and one out in the seventh, when he homered to make it 5-1.

Grissom added a single in the ninth; the Braves made sure to call that ball as a souvenir (although the home run ball was eventually recovered). He then scored on Dansby Swanson’s single to make it 8-4.

“He was like a kid on the playground, pretty much just having fun. I think they said it was genuine. I think this guy really likes to play baseball,” Snitker said. “It’s a new idea: have fun playing baseball.”

Harris, who was called up in May, is also a 21-year-old prospect who moved up to eighth in the order. He entered Wednesday’s game averaging .288 with 10 homers, 34 RBIs and 12 stolen bases while bolstering the defense in center field.

BACK AT HOME

The Braves spent their first eight decades in Boston, until owner Lou Perini became convinced he couldn’t compete with the AL Red Sox and moved his NL franchise to Milwaukee. They didn’t play in Boston again until the interleague game in 1997.

The site of the former Braves Field is now a Boston University stadium, which marked the location of the original home plate on its turf.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: Kirby Yates got one out in the seventh upon returning from Tommy John surgery. The former All-Star Closer hadn’t pitched in 724 days. … Grissom replaced Orlando Arcia, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring he suffered in Atlanta’s 10-inning victory Tuesday night. Regular second baseman Ozzie Albies is recovering from a broken foot.

Red Sox: INF-OF Kiké Hernández went 1 for 2 with a single on a rehab outing for Double-A Portland. … SS Xander Bogaerts hit a foul ball on his left leg. After showing signs of pain, he stayed in the game.

NEXT

Braves: Having their second day off in four days before playing three games in four days in Miami.

Red Sox: Play a one-game series against Baltimore, with RHP Josh Winckowski (5-5) facing the Orioles RHP Austin Voth (2-1).

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