Devers Homers As Red Sox Beat Braves 9-5 After Long Rain Delay

BOSTON (AP) -- Rafael Devers homered and drove in three runs, and the Boston Red Sox ceased Atlanta's four-game win streak with a 9-5 victory over the Braves on Wednesday night.

Devers Homers As Red Sox Beat Braves 9-5 After Long Rain Delay

BOSTON (AP) -- Rafael Devers homered and drove in three runs, and the Boston Red Sox ceased Atlanta's four-game win streak with a 9-5 victory over the Braves on Wednesday night.

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Devers Homers As Red Sox Beat Braves 9-5 After Long Rain Delay

Hunter Renfroe also connected for Boston, and Christian Vázquez had three RBIs.

Bogaerts stated Devers is locked in.

"He can put a team on his back for weeks and months," he said. "He is not the type of man who can just do it for a couple of days. He can ride it for quite a while. It's only a credit to the gift and the work he puts in."

Red Sox right-hander Nick Pivetta (6-0) struck a season-high nine in six innings, settling down after a shaky beginning.

He had been charged with four runs and seven hits.

Austin Riley homered for Atlanta for the fifth time in his past five games.

He was 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA over his previous three starts.

"I was really efficient with my pitch count, was not walking anyone," Smyly explained. "It is pretty difficult to give up five hits and one walk and seven earned runs, but I realized tonight. So, no, I am not happy with the results"

The match was delayed for nearly three hours by rain after the sixth inning.

"We understood exactly what was happening but it was out of the umpires' hands along with the teams, it's the league," Boston manager Alex Cora said. "They tell us we have to play, we perform with. It was tough at the end."

Atlanta jumped out to a quick start with three runs within the first two innings. Ozzie Albies hit an RBI triple and scored on Dansby Swanson's twice from the first. Contreras added a sacrifice fly in the next.

Boston trailed 4-3 before scoring four times in the first time. Devers hit a tiebreaking RBI double and Vázquez added a two-run only with 2 outs, snapping an 0-for-10 skid.

Vázquez also drove in Renfroe using a sacrifice fly in the eighth, giving the Red Sox a 9-4 lead.

"We got back to our fundamentals of a crime and you saw what happened," Cora said. "If we do that on a nightly basis, we can be quite dangerous."

Devers attached for his 14th homer in the fourth, tying it with a two-run shot to centre. However, Riley responded with his 10th of the season in the fifth.

TRAINERS ROOM

Braves: LF Marcell Ozuna is expected to be sidelined for approximately six weeks after suffering fractures into the ring and middle fingers of his left hand on Tuesday. He had been hurt when he slid into third base at Atlanta's two-run third inning. Ozuna traveled to Atlanta on Wednesday and has been assessed by hand expert Dr. Gary Lourie. Manager Brian Snitker stated Ozuna is expected to maintain a throw but will not need surgery.

Red Sox: RHP Ryan Brasier, on the injured list all season with a left calf strain, will throw a bullpen session over the weekend followed by a live BP session. Barring any setbacks, Cora said Brasier could be prepared for a rehab assignment in about a week. ... LHP Chris Sale, recovering from Tommy John surgery, threw on level ground and then threw 15 pitches from a mound. "We believe he's going to contribute this year," Cora said. ... RHP Tanner Houck, recovering from a sore right flexor muscle, is playing catchup to 120 feet.

UP NEXT

Braves: After an off day Thursday, the Braves travel to New York for the start of a three-game series with the Mets on Friday.

Red Sox: After an off day, the Red Sox host the Miami Marlins on Friday for the start of a three-game series. RHP Cody Poteet (2-0, 1.06 ERA), who made his major league debut May 12, is scheduled to begin for Miami.

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