Braves fall to Red Sox 6-3, have injury concerns

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 27, 2014 at 11:19 pm •  Published: May 27, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — The pain of seeing a lead disappear against the Red Sox was bad enough for the Braves.

Injury scares for two key players only added to the bad night.

Atlanta's bullpen gave up four runs in the seventh inning as Boston rallied for the second straight game, beating the Braves 6-3 on Tuesday.

Braves catcher Evan Gattis was a late scratch after straining his right wrist in batting practice. He sat on the bench with a brace.

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons left in the eighth with inflammation in his right ankle.

The Braves hope neither player misses more than a day or two.

"We don't see anything that is long-term," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Simmons said the pain in his ankle wasn't intense.

"I feel OK; hopefully it goes away quick," Simmons said.

"It's not like a nine out of 10 pain. It's not a terrible pain. It's just a nagging thing. So hopefully it stops nagging."

Gattis said X-rays on his wrist were negative. He said he had wrist problems in the minors.

"Took a couple swings and started feeling sore just out of nowhere," Gattis said.

He said he plans to "take another day and see where I'm at tomorrow."

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run single during Boston's four-run rally in the seventh.

The Red Sox won two straight over the Braves after coming to Atlanta with a 10-game losing streak, their longest in 20 years.

Dustin Pedroia had three hits and Grady Sizemore went 2 for 5 with a go-ahead groundout in the seventh.

The Red Sox overcame a five-run deficit on Monday to top Atlanta 8-6.

The two straight losses left the Braves feeling unlucky.

"Somehow their balls fell down and ours didn't," Simmons said.

Braves starter Aaron Harang left with a 3-2 lead after the sixth. Anthony Varvaro (1-1) took the loss.

Jason Heyward hit a first-inning homer and Chris Johnson drove in two runs for Atlanta. Harang gave up seven hits before Boston tagged the Braves' bullpen in the seventh.