It was the first loss of the season for the Braves when they led after seven innings, and it made for a long flight from Boston to Miami, where the Braves landed after 3 a.m.
“I saw guys upset about yesterday’s game,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Friday afternoon at Marlins Park. “Guys who were in the game and guys who were not participating in the game were upset. And we’ll see how we come out today. I expect us to come out with some energy and get us back on (track).
“The great thing about our game is we’re right back out there today.”
In the eighth inning Wednesday, the Red Sox used four singles and two errors – one apiece by Braves left fielder Justin Upton and center fielder B.J. Upton – to score two runs against reliever David Carpenter, then won it in the ninth after Craig Kimbrel walked the first two batters on 10 pitches.
Xander Bogaerts followed with a sharp infield single that third baseman Chris Johnson was able to knock down and gather to make a throw to second base, but rookie Tommy La Stella, in his second major league game, dropped the ball and Jackie Bradley Jr. raced around from second base to score the winning run on the play.
It was No. 9 hitter Bradley who led off the inning with a walk.
“Kimbrel hadn’t pitched in five days,” Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes told reporters. “I told Jackie not to swing. That got us going.”
Kimbrel entered with the bases loaded and two out in the eighth and got David Ross to fly out to end the inning. It was his first time entering in the eighth inning this season, but he said getting cranked back up for the ninth didn’t affect his control.