Red Sox Blow Three Late Leads, Braves Walk Off in Extra Innings
Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer to lead off the 11th inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the Boston Red Sox 8-7 to clinch the No. 2 seed in the National League playoffs. Freeman’s homer to left-center off Jeffrey Springs drove in Ender Inciarte, who was placed on second base to open the inning. The blast bolstered Freeman’s case for the NL MVP Award. Alex Verdugo’s sacrifice fly drove in Rafael Devers in the top of the 11th, giving Boston a 7-6 lead. Ronald Acuna Jr. led off the game with the longest homer in the majors this season. It traveled 495 feet to left field.