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Braves Vs. Red Sox Final Score: Mike Minor Struggles, Atlanta Loses 9-4

The Atlanta Braves lose for the second straight day falling 9-4 on Sunday and losing two of three to the Boston Red Sox.

The middle innings once again proved to be more than Mike Minor could handle as the Red Sox scored seven times in the fourth and fifth. Cody Ross and Adrian Gonzalez hit back-to-back homers in the fourth to put Boston up 4-0 in the fourth. Atlanta answered back in the bottom half of the inning cutting the lead to 4-3 with the big blow coming in the form of a two-run triple by Eric Hinske.

Andrelton Simmons' error in the fifth helped jump start another big inning for Boston. The Sox extended the lead to 7-3 while Cody Ross hit his second homer of the game.

Minor gets tagged with his 6th loss of the season allowing seven runs (four earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Minor struck out four while walking three and also allowed three more homers. Aaron Cook picks up the win going five innings and allowing two earned runs.

Jason Heyward continued his torrid offensive streak for the Braves going 3 for 4 with a homer and two runs scored. Heyward has raised his average to .278 on the season. Simmons and Hinske each finished with two hits.

Ross hit his tenth and eleventh homers of the season and drove in five runs for Boston. Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis finished with two hits each.

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