For really the first time all season, the Boston bats and Boston arms were in perfect sync from the get-go, as the Red Sox cruised to an 11-4 win over the lowly Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on Tuesday night.
Red Sox ace David Price turned in his best performance of the season, allowing just two earned runs on six hits over 8 innings, while striking out 14 to match a career-high.
Meanwhile, the offense stepped up to bring home a season-high 11 runs, including four in the first inning and five in the ninth. Third baseman Travis Shaw was explosive at the plate, going 2-for-5 with 5 RBIs, including a three-run no-doubt home run in the top of the first. At 419 feet, it was the second longest Red Sox home run of the season, behind David Ortiz’s 420-foot blast against Cleveland in the second game of the season.
The win brings the Red Sox win streak to three, and brings their record to 11-9 on the season. The Braves are off to a miserable start, as the loss drops their record to 4-16 on the season, including just 1-12 on their home turf. On top of this, the Braves have now gone 15 games without hitting a home run, the first time a drought of the type has occurred to a Major League team in over 25 years. Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit three home runs on Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies, matching Atlanta’s season total in one night.
The Red Sox will look to keep the Atlanta power turned off on Wednesday night when the two teams reconvene for the first of two games between the teams at Fenway Park. Tickets to Wednesday’s game, and all other Red Sox home games at Fenway Park, are available HERE.