Pedroia hits slam and solo HR, Red Sox beat Braves 9-4

BOSTON (AP) – Dustin Pedroia had a grand slam and a solo homer, David Ortiz passed two Hall of Fame Red Sox on the extra-base hits list and Boston beat Atlanta 9-4 on Wednesday night even as the Braves ended their 15-game homerless stretch.

The Red Sox won their fourth straight and third against the Braves, the first two coming at Turner Field.

The 40-year-old Ortiz had three doubles and drove in two runs, giving him 1,119 extra-base hits to tie Hall of Famer George Brett for 16th career. On the second double, he passed Boston greats Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx.

Freddie Freeman homered for Atlanta to end the drought. It was the longest for the franchise since the Boston Braves went 16 games without a long ball in 1946.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright (2-2) allowed two runs – one earned – on three hits in seven innings, striking out eight with three walks.

Bud Norris (1-4) allowed six runs in 1 1/3 innings.

AP

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