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Final: Red Sox 9, Braves 4

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 24, 2012 01:35 PM

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Game over: Red Sox 9, Braves 4: That's seven wins in the last eight games for the 38-34 Red Sox, who are four games over .500 for the first time this year.

The Sox collected 11 hits, two of them home runs by Cody Ross. Kevin Youkilis also had two hits and one RBI in what sure looked like his final game in a Red Sox uniform.

Aaron Cook (1-1) was the winner and Mike Minor (3-6) the loser before 37,565.

As we get information on the trade, we will pass it along.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 9, Braves 4: Atchison had a perfect inning of relief. The Sox have gone one inning at a time with the 'pen. Now Melancon in for the ninth.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 9, Braves 4: Gonzalez singled with two outs off Chad Durbin. Youkilis then hit a fly ball to right center. It should have been caught by Bourn, but he and Heyward got mixed up and the ball dropped in.

Youkilis was credited with an RBI triple. He then came out of the game for a runner, his friend Nick Punto. They hugged on the infield. Youk then saluted the crowd with a wave a a blown kiss and hugged Pedroia and the rest of his teammates.

Bobby V pointed out to the field and Youk came out for a curtain call. Then he went back in the dugout.

Is that it? Was he traded? Sure seems so.

Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 8, Braves 4: Miller allowed two hits but worked out of trouble.

Top of the 7th: Red Sox 8, Braves 4: Shoppach singled with two outs and scored on a double off the wall in center by Nava, who remains scorching hot in June.

Andrew Miller next out of the pen.

Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 7, Braves 4: Heyward homered to left off Albers, the ball just sneaking over.

Top of the 6th: Red Sox 7, Braves 3: Shoppach reached on an error when the shortstop, Simmons, threw a ball into the Red Sox dugout on the fly.

Nava singled, moving Shoppach to third. Middlebrooks delivered a sacrifice fly to center. He has 11 RBIs in his last seven games and at least one in seven of his last eight games. Ross followed with a two-run blast over everything in left.

Minor was pulled when Gonzo walked. Youk then popped to first. Cook also is done as Albers comes in.

Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Braves 3: Terrible inning in every way for Cook.

Heyward reached on a broken-bat roller to second base. Pedroia tried a barehand do-or-die play and missed the ball. Simmons then singled to right. Hinske, who came in slumping badly (4 of 58) then tripled to the 420-mark in center.

Two runs scored and for Hinske it was his first triple since 2010.

Francisco grounded back to the mound. Cook had Hinske caught off the bag and threw the ball away. HInske scored.

Cook escaped further trouble but he has thrown 79 pitches and may be toast.

Top of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Braves 0: Pedroia walked, as did Middlebrooks. Cody Ross then drove a pitch just over the wall for his 10th home run. Cody is 6 of 19 with five extra-base hits and eight RBIs in six games since coming off the DL.

Gonzo followed with a homer to left, too. This one deeper and close to the foul pole. That's No. 6 for him. Minor got the next three hitters but the Sox are in good shape at the moment.

Middle of the 4th: Braves 0, Red Sox 0: Quick inning for Cook. A groundout to first for McCann. Uggla fouled out to first and Freeman flied to right. Cook has thrown 55 pitches through four innings.

Top of the 4th: Braves 0, Red Sox 0: McDonald flied deep to center. Shoppach popped to right and Nava struck out. Minor has looked good, too.

Middle of 3rd: Braves 0, Red Sox 0: Old friend Eric Hinske led off with a double off the wall in center and took third when Francisco grounded to second.

Bourn was next and he lined to third, Youk making the play. The Braves argued that the ball hit the ground first to no avail. Youk appeared to jam his left hand on the play but stayed in the game after a trainer checked him out.

Prado then grounded to third and Youk handled it. Ben Cherington exhales.

Six groundball outs in three innings for Cook.

Top of the 3rd: Braves 0, Red Sox 0: Ross struck out swinging. Gonzalez grounded to short. Youkilis was next and received a nice ovation from the crowd that built in volume as more people figured it out.

Kevin broke his bat on a grounder back to the mound. Minor couldn't come up with it. Youk was given a single. Aviles then struck out.

Middle of the 2nd: Braves 0, Red Sox 0: Heyward doubled to left center with two outs. But Cook got Simmons to ground back to the mound

Four groundball outs in two innings for Cook. The sinker is sinking.

Top of the 2nd: Braves 0, Red Sox 0: Pedroia, sporting high socks, singled to left. He is now reached in five of his last six plate appearances. But Will Middlebrooks yes, Will Middlebrooks grounded into a double play.

"Can you believe it?" said Joe Castiglione.

Middle of the 1st: Braves 0, Red Sox 0: Bourn led off with a single. Prado then flied to left before McCann grounded into a 4-6-3 to end the inning. Good start for Cook.

A well-executed double play is a thing of beauty.

Pre-game: Beautiful day at the ballpark as Aaron Cook returns to the mound and the Sox seek a series win.

Hang out for updates. We'll keep you posted if you're at the beach or on the porch.

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