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Braves > Perez Gets Third Career Win At Historic Fenway

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Kyle Taylor, Valdosta Today Sports

BOSTON – The Atlanta Braves made a rare trip to historic Fenway Park on Monday night for a two game series in Boston before heading to Atlanta for two more between the same two teams.
Boston came into Monday night’s game losers of six straight and in last place in the AL East. The Braves were losers of three of their last four and came into the game in third place in the NL East.
The drizzling rain continued throughout the night on what would be a wet night for baseball, however, there were no delays to the game.
Willimas Perez (2-0) faced off against Rick Porcello (4-6). Perez has made six starts so far in his rookie season for the Braves and has yet to show up in the loss column. The Braves right-hander tossed another strong game Monday night finishing with six innings pitched and no runs allowed in the Braves 4-2 victory over the Red Sox.
According to a tweet by David O’Brien, Williams Perez was unaffected by the Fenway environment saying, “I didn’t hear anything.”
Atlanta is second to last in the National League in home runs, only ahead of the Phillies. The Braves’ 41 total long balls is half of the league leading Dodgers at 82,
The team also finds themselves in the top five in the NL in batting average and on-base percentage, which is what once again lead them to their 31st win of the season on Monday, along with Perez’s strong performance.
All of the Braves’ scoring came in the fourth and seventh innings. Nick Markakis drove in Freddie Freeman in the fourth against a pitcher he had seen many times in his time playing in the AL East with the Orioles. Freeman stole second base to get into scoring position during the at-bat.
Markakis then scored on a wild pitch. The Braves went up 3-0 after A.J. Pierzynski singled in Juan Uribe. Atlanta finished the inning with three runs on four singles and a stolen base.
Jace Peterson extended his hitting streak to nine games in the seventh with a single of off lefty, Robbie Ross. Kelly Johnson scored to put the Braves up 4-0. Starter Rick Porcello showed displeasure for being taken out of the game for the lefty, lefty matchup by throwing a towel onto the field as he was walking back to the clubhouse.
Williams Perez was now out of the game and Dana Eveland came on to pitch the bottom of the seventh. The Braves new left-handed pitcher struck out David Ortiz to start the inning, but would give up a home run to Xander Bogaerts (3) to center field in the next at-bat.
Pablo Sandoval then doubled and it was becoming deja vu for everyone on the Braves side. Nick Masset came on to replace Eveland and got Napoli and Betts to end the inning.
The game was 4-1 going into the ninth with Jason Grilli on to save the game and to give Braves Country confidence that the team can hit and pitch in the same game. Grilli got Ortiz and Bogaerts out to start the inning and the Red Sox were down to their last out. Pablo Sandoval then hit another double to right-center. Mike Napoli reached on a throwing error by Andrelton Simmons, who was hit in his throwing hand by a pitch earlier in the game. Mookie Betts singled in Sandoval to make the score 4-2. Grilli then settled down to get Alejandro De Aza to ground out and end the ballgame.
Simmons appeared to favoring his hand much of the game, but refused to come out. Reports are that Simmons avoided any major damage to his right hand.
The Braves sent down young catcher, Christian Bethancourt, to Gwinnett to work on a few things. They called up 27-year-old Ryan Lavernway to back up Pierzynski.
Fredi Gonzalez told AJC.com about the roster move, “We think the world of him. I think he is still in our plans in the future. He’s a major league catcher, but right now he’s not getting much playing time and we need him to play a little bit more.”
Tuesday afternoon will be the second game of four between the two teams, and the last at Fenway, with Julio Teheran (4-2) facing Wade Miley (4-6). First pitch from historic Fenway Park will come at 4:05 PM.