Max Fried and the Braves started their streak in Boston with a 6-3 victory over the Red Sox on Monday night. With tonight’s win, the Braves now have 20-14 and three games ahead of Miami and Philadelphia, who are tied for second place.
Fried is now 6-0 on the season. It was clear from the start that he didn’t have his best deals, but he worked his way through five innings, allowing just two runs and five hits. He took out five and walked two.
Freddie Freeman extended his streak to 14 games, and Austin Riley had his fifth multi-shot in the last eight. Nick Markakis and Johan Camargo also had multi-hit parties.
The Braves struck early, with a double from Markakis in the left corner of the field, bringing Dansby Swanson home to the top of the first. In a rare turn of events, Fried gave that point at the bottom of the inning when Alex Verdugo recorded his first of three doubles of the night and came home with a Rafael Devers single.
Fried seemed distracted from the start, and it was never more evident than when he fell back in a race in the third run. This race gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.
The lead was short, however, as Adam Duvall absolutely sprayed a bullet at the Green Monster in the fourth inning to even the score.
The Braves chased Colten Brewer in the fifth inning, but not before he charged the bases without an out. At the entrance of Phillips Valdez, Austin Riley uncorked a deep triple that missed the right field seats by a few inches. By the time he slipped into third, he was 5-2.
In the sixth inning, Markakis again led to Swanson to make the score 6-2.
Darren O’Day, Chris Martin, Will Smith and Mark Melancon worked consecutive heats after Fried left, with only Smith allowing a run. Tonight was the first time Smith had worked consecutive nights since activating the COVID roster, so he was a bit shaky, but he worked around a run and three hits to register three strikeouts .
These two teams will meet tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET.