BOSTON (AP) — The pitching and defense that carried Atlanta through seven solid innings unraveled in the eighth and ninth.
A pair of errors in the eighth inning helped Boston tie it, then two walks to start the ninth and another error allowed the Red Sox to complete a 4-3 rally over Atlanta on Thursday night.
"It's just unfortunate. I felt like we were making good pitches at the end and the balls were just dropping in," said Mike Minor, who pitched seven strong innings for the Braves. "They're a tough team."
Closer Craig Kimbrel (0-1) walked Jackie Bradley Jr. and Brock Holt to start the ninth. Xander Bogaerts followed with a hard grounder to Chris Johnson at third base for an infield single. Johnson stopped it and made a strong throw but Tommy La Stella missed the catch with Holt bearing down.
Bradley scored and the Red Sox rushed out of the dugout as the ball trickled into right field.
The Braves lost their fourth straight and fifth in six games. The error was initially charged to Johnson, but the official scoring on the play was changed later and the error charged to La Stella.
The change mattered little to the Braves, who had no errors before taking a 3-1 lead into the eighth.
"It's a tough way to lose, a tough one to swallow, really," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We didn't handle the baseball the last two innings and it came back and bit us."
Koji Uehara (1-1) got the win after eight solid innings by starter Jake Peavy for the Red Sox, who completed a four-game sweep in the home-and-home series with the Braves.
Minor pitched well, holding Boston to one run on seven hits in seven innings. Minor didn't walk a batter and struck out three.
Jason Heyward homered and Freddie Freeman drove in a run and scored once for the Braves, who lost their fourth straight and fifth in six games.
Atlanta led 3-1 when Holt led off the eighth with a bloop single to left off reliever David Carpenter. He went to second when left fielder Justin Upton took his eye off the ball and it bounced past him. Bogaerts followed with an RBI single and Dustin Pedroia reached on a slow roller up the middle that was called a hit.