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Acuna injured in a tumble, Braves beat Red Sox 7-1

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Acuna injured in a tumble, Braves beat Red Sox 7-1

BOSTON - Prized rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. took a high-flying tumble while beating out an infield hit, exiting with knee and lower back pain Sunday as the Atlanta Braves beat the Boston Red Sox 7-1.

Acuna waved his arms "safe" as he crossed the first base bag before his left foot gave out in the seventh inning, and he went sprawling. He walked off the field slowly, passing on a wheel chair that was rolled out for him.

The 20-year-old outfielder also walked and scored a run before leaving.

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Mike Foltynewicz took a no-hit bid into the sixth and went seven innings. Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer off Red Sox ace Chris Sale (5-2), salvaging the finale of a three-game interleague series.

It was just the Braves' second win in six games, and fourth in their last 14 games at Fenway Park. Boston had won six of seven.

Foltynewicz (4-3) gave up one run on three hits, striking out seven and walking three.

Sale (5-2) was tagged for six runs in 4 1/3 innings. He hadn't allowed more than three in all 11 of his previous starts this season.

Red Sox star Mookie Betts was a late scratch with left side tightness. Betts entered the day leading the majors with a .359 average and was tied with the Angels' Mike Trout with 17 homers.

Flowers' homer - a drive over the Green Monster - made it 3-0 in the second. It was his second homer in his third career at-bat against Sale - his former teammate with the White Sox.

The Braves chased Sale with three runs in the fifth. Freddie Freeman, the last batter he faced, had a two-run double.

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Moreland, Benintendi lead Red Sox past Braves, 8-6

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Moreland, Benintendi lead Red Sox past Braves, 8-6

BOSTON - Andrew Benintendi homered and drove in three runs and Mitch Moreland had a go-ahead two-run double to help the Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 8-6 on Saturday at Fenway Park.

The AL East-leading Red Sox, 20 games above .500 for the first time this season at 36-16, celebrated the return of Dustin Pedroia with their sixth win in seven games. Knuckleballer Steven Wright (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Drew Pomeranz for the victory.

Pedroia, 34, went 0-for-4 with a walk and scored in his first game after offseason knee surgery. He got up with the bases loaded and two out in the first, but flied out to right to end the inning.

Dansby Swanson hit a two-run homer for Atlanta, and Ronald Acuna Jr. connected for a solo shot off Sox closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth. The Braves have dropped 10 of their past 13 at Fenway.

Atlanta left-hander Sean Newcomb, a Massachusetts native, struggled with his control in his first career game at Fenway, giving up three runs and six hits over three innings with four walks and four strikeouts.

But the Braves had a 5-4 lead before Moreland's double down the right-field line off Sam Freeman (1-2) in the sixth. Benintendi added a two-run triple in the seventh.

Kimbrel got three outs around the Acuna homer for his 16th save.

The Red Sox had to rally after Pomeranz was pulled with one out in the fourth. He was charged with five runs and six hits.

Swanson connected in the second, hitting a drive to the Green Monster seats for his third homer. Kurt Suzuki added an RBI single in the third, and Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis each drove in a run in the fourth.

Benintendi went deep in the bottom of the fourth, trimming Atlanta's lead to 5-4.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said the plan for RHP Austin Maddox (10-day disabled list, strained right shoulder) is to be extended more than one inning.

HOMECOMING
Newcomb was born in Brockton, Mass., about 30 miles south of Fenway. He attended Middleborough High School and lives in Massachusetts in the offseason. A fan held up a sign that read: "We love Sean Newcomb."

MORE CHANGES NEEDED
Some advertisements outside of Fenway - with a picture of Hanley Ramirez - will need to be changed. The team designated the Ramirez, 34, for assignment on Friday. He hit only .163 with three homers and 12 RBI in May after starting strong with a .330 average, three homers and 17 RBI.

UP NEXT
Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (3-3, 2.72 ERA) is set to start the series finale Sunday. He has a 0.56 ERA in his past three starts.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (5-1, 2.17 ERA) looks to continue his strong start this season, having allowed three or fewer runs in all 11 starts.

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Betts hits league-leading 17th homer, Red Sox beat Braves, 6-2

Betts hits league-leading 17th homer, Red Sox beat Braves, 6-2

BOSTON - Mookie Betts hit his major-league leading 17th home run, J.D. Martinez slugged his 16th homer and the Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Friday night hours after a surprising roster shakeup.

Boston got its fifth win in six games shortly after announcing it had designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment. The move freed up a roster spot for Dustin Pedroia to be activated from the DL, and also created the chance for regular playing time at first base for Mitch Moreland, who had a solo homer in the eighth.

The Red Sox fared fine without Ramirez, the struggling slugger they signed to an $88 million, four-year deal before the 2015 season. Xander Bogaerts also had a solo homer as Boston converted big time on its seven hits.

Eduardo Rodriguez struggled early but managed to hold Atlanta to just a pair of runs on six hits with three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Rodriguez (5-1) struck out seven despite his early control issues and walked three.

Nick Markakis hit a two-run double for the Braves, who have lost three of four. Julio Teheran (4-2) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on four hits, walking three and striking out four.

Martinez pulled Boston within 2-1 with a leadoff homer in fourth on a line drive that clipped the top of the Green Monster. Bogaerts tied it two batters later on a solo shot that left the ballpark entirely.

Boston took its first lead in the fifth when Jackie Bradley Jr. tripled to center with one out and scored on Andrew Benintendi's sacrifice fly.

Rodriguez appeared headed for a short night when he allowed two or more baserunners in each of the first three innings. Atlanta scored twice in the third when Ronald Acuna Jr. and Freddie Freeman started the inning with back-to-back singles and Markakis drove in both with a double to left.

Betts' and Moreland's homers came off of reliever Matt Wisler.

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