Reigning champion Red Sox snap 10-game skid

Agence France-Presse

Posted at May 27 2014 09:08 AM | Updated as of May 27 2014 05:08 PM

ATLANTA - David Ortiz smashed a home run and Japan's Koji Uehara secured his 10th save of the season Monday, lifting Boston over Atlanta 8-6 to snap a 10-game losing streak.

The reigning World Series champion Red Sox avoided matching the 1986 Kansas City Royals and 1998 Florida Marlins as the only clubs to lose 11 games in a row in the season after claiming the Major League Baseball crown.

Boston trailed the Braves 6-1 after four innings and Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz walking a career-high eight batters, but the visitors rallied as Ortiz drove in four runs, including the eventual game winner in the top of the seventh inning.

Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run single to left field with two outs in the fifth inning and Ortiz followed with a three-run homer to level the game at 6-6.

After a prolonged rain delay, Ortiz hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to score a run and A.J. Pierzynski hit a run-scoring single.

Uehara pitched around a one-out single in the ninth to seal the triumph and end the longest Red Sox losing streak since 1994.

Ortiz had no homers and drove in no runs during the Red Sox 10 losses in a row.

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