The Boston Red Sox were down 6-1 after the bottom of the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves Monday afternoon before a two out rally scored five runs, including a two-run double for Dustin Pedroia and a three-run shot from David Ortiz knotted the game 6-6.
The listless offense did nothing through the first four innings and it looked the team would fall once again, but the two out damage in that fifth inning looked like a team that was tired of losing and instead took a patient approach to get back into the contest.
The game was then delayed due to rain and the Red Sox had to wait to try and gain a lead. They did exactly that with a sacrifice fly in the seventh for Ortiz and a two out single for A.j. Pierzynski to put the Red Sox up 8-6.
The bullpen settled down after allowing inherited runners to score in the fourth as all six runs were charged to Clay Buchholz who had a career-high eight walks. The bullpen pitched the final six innings while allowing no runs and just four base runners with six different relievers getting an inning of work after a taxing 10-game losing streak.
The bullpen struck out three batters over the final three innings, but Koji Uehara got a huge 6-4-3 double lay for his tenth save of the season in the 8-6 victory.
Sure with Buchholz struggling it might be time for the Red Sox to do something about his lack of command, especially on Monday afternoon. But the win on Monday ended a tough stretch for this team and could lead to something special in the coming weeks as Ortiz and Pedroia were fired up against the Braves. As was Pierzynski after his RBI single in the seventh.
The Red Sox have three more contests against the Braves, including one more at Turner Field on Tuesday.