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6th inning mishap sinks Braves in 5-2 loss to Red Sox

The Atlanta Braves were on the wrong end of the series finale against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday evening.

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The sixth inning was an eventful one for the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox on Thursday night. Unfortunately for the home team, the bigger damage was done in favor of the visiting Red Sox, and when the dust settled, the Braves fell in the series finale by a final score of 5-2.

In the aforementioned sixth inning, perhaps the biggest play came in the form of "non"-play. After Brock Holt (who continues to be unconsciously hot) led off things with a single, Mookie Betts popped up down the third base line, and despite it being a thoroughly routine play for Juan Uribe, the veteran third baseman was unable to glove the ball. As these things go, Betts quickly reached base via a single, and after David Ortiz reached on a third consecutive single, the floodgates opened a bit.

Shelby Miller, who was pitching quite well to that point despite a 1-0 deficit, did manage to induce a double play ball that could have limited the damage (if not for the Uribe drop), but Alejandro De Aza cleared the bases with a double to give Boston a 4-0 lead. While the game wasn't "over" at that point, the biggest blow was delivered.

In the bottom half of the inning, the Braves did threaten to make a charge, plating their only two runs of the contest thanks to Clay Buchholz. In fact, this scoring play was so entertaining that video tells the best story.

The Buchholz mishap was mitigated a bit by the fact that he forced Andrelton Simmons into a flyout during the next at-bat, and that was all for Atlanta's offense. In fact, the Braves would produce just six total hits in the game, and that wasn't enough to pick up Miller and company.

While it must be noted that three of the four runs allowed by Miller were unearned following the error by Uribe, it wasn't the best overall performance from the presumptive All-Star. He allowed eight baserunners in only 5.2 innings, and anytime 105 pitches are needed to complete fewer than six frames, things aren't quite going according to plan.

In a "normal" circumstance, a four-game series split against the Red Sox wouldn't be a terrible result, but given that Boston entered this series scuffling in a big way, a 2-2 result hurts a bit. Still, the Braves sit at a respectable 32-35 on the season, and with a weekend series upcoming against the division-leading Mets, Atlanta will have the opportunity to erase any ill will.

It isn't often that one inning produces nearly all of the fireworks in a Major League game, but in that rare case on Thursday night, the Braves finished on the wrong end of the spectrum.

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