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The Boston Red Sox defeated the Atlanta Braves 8-2 on Labor Day afternoon. With the victory, the Red Sox reached the 95-win mark and its record currently sits at 95-44. Nathan Eovaldi took the mound for Boston while Touki Toussaint did the same for Atlanta. The game was played at SunTrust Park in Atlanta.
Even though the score was very much lopsided in the Sox’ favor at the end, the game was neck-and-neck for quite a while. No runs scored for either side until the top of the 5th when Toussaint, who was pitching quite the game before, allowed three straight doubles to Eduardo Nunez, Ian Kinsler and Christian Vazquez. After Swihart recorded an out, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi joined the hit parade and the Braves starter was removed before having to face Benny.
Boston collected 10 hits in the game, five of which were doubles and the rest singles. They capitalized with runners in scoring position, batting a crisp 5-10 (.500). The Braves, meanwhile, suffered the opposite fate. They were a combined 1-12 with runners in scoring position Monday afternoon, squandering three bases loaded opportunities. In the first, Eovaldi walked three Atlanta batters, which is absolutely shocking for someone who is arguably the best pitcher in baseball at limiting free passes. He threw tons of pitches but escaped unscathed.
In the 4th, a similar thing happened with Eovaldi, allowing two runners to reach. He was briskly pulled from the game in favor of Brandon Workman, who walked a batter and juiced the bases yet again for the N.L. East division leader. Workman had one out to work with and managed to get Toussaint to ground into a force out at home, preventing a run from scoring. Then, a weak pop fly off the bat of Ronald Acuna ended the threat.
Due to the Red Sox starter’s early exit, Boston had to use quite a few relievers in this game. On top of Workman, they used Steven Wright, Joe Kelly, Ryan Brasier, Heath Hembree, Matt Barnes and Craig Kimbrel in that order.
The Boston Red Sox take on the Atlanta Braves at 7:35 p.m. eastern tonight. Rick Porcello will be Boston’s starter, opposing Sean Newcomb for Atlanta. It will be the second of a three-game set.