ATLANTA (AP) — The Red Sox are headed home with a new streak and renewed optimism.
Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run single during Boston's four-run seventh inning, and the Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Tuesday night in their latest comeback following their longest losing streak 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 snapped their 10-game losing streak on Monday, overcoming a five-run deficit to top Atlanta 8-6. Now they have a winning streak and a feeling that it's their turn for some good breaks as they prepare to play two games against the Braves in Boston.
"It's good for our self-esteem," said Jonny Gomes, who singled and scored on Bradley's hit in the seventh, and then had a highlight-worthy catch in right field in the eighth.
Jon Lester (5-6) snapped a personal two-game losing streak by giving up three runs and eight hits in six innings.
"To come here ... with that streak and end up getting two (wins) here is really big," Lester said.
Koji Uehara worked the ninth for his 11th save.
"More than anything, our guys are having fun playing the game," Boston manager John Farrell said. "It was a tough 10-game stretch we came through but there's been plenty of energy kind of injected back in the dugout."
Farrell said bloop hits by Gomes and David Ortiz in the seventh were good signs that luck has changed for the Red Sox.
"It was good to see maybe the worm turn a little bit with runners in scoring position," Farrell 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.
The Braves had two injury scares.
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.
"We don't see anything that is long-term," manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Simmons and Gattis.