ATLANTA (AP) — Orlando Arcia hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Atlanta Braves an electrifying 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.
The Venezuelan hit a line drive that became his first home run of the season. The ball went over the left field wall off pitcher Ryan Brasier with one out in the third inning.
It was Arcia’s third hit in the duel. The shot knocked out Ozzie Albies, who started the episode with a single.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora and catcher Kevin Plawecki were ejected for Adam Beck. The plate umpire called Plawecki the third strike with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning and the score tied 3-3.
Collin McHugh’s shot with a full count seemed too low.
Plawecki slammed the helmet on the ground and protested Beck’s decision, who promptly kicked him out. Puerto Rican Cora came from the dugout and yelled at the umpire, even after he had been ejected.
Puerto Rican Christian Vázquez replaced Plawecki as catcher.
Albies snapped an 0-for-10 stretch by starting the ninth with a single off Brasier (0-1).
Kenley Jansen (1-0) struck out two and walked one scoreless ninth inning.
For the Red Sox, Puerto Rican Kiké Hernández 5-0. The Dominicans Rafael Devers 4-1 with a run scored, Franchy Cordero 3-0. Mexican Alex Verdugo 3-1 with a run scored.
For the Braves, the Dominican Marcell Ozuna 4-0. Venezuelan Arcia 4-3 with two runs scored and two produced.