ATLANTA – David Ortiz homered and drove in four runs as the Boston Red Sox ended their 10-game losing streak, rallying from a five-run deficit to defeat the Atlanta Braves 8-6 on Monday.
The defending World Series champions trailed 6-1 after the fourth, with starter Clay Buchholz walking a career-high eight in only three-plus innings.
But Ortiz tied it by hitting a three-run homer off Ervin Santana in the fifth. With Red Sox fans at Turner Field chanting “Papi! Papi!” the World Series MVP then gave Boston the lead with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Ian Thomas (1-2) in the seventh.
Following pregame declarations of confidence from manager John Farrell and general manager Ben Cherington, the Red Sox came back to end their worst skid since an 11-game slide in 1994.
The losing streak was the longest for a defending World Series champion since the depleted 1998 Marlins had two 11-game skids.
Justin Upton drove in three runs with two hits for Atlanta.
Edward Mujica (2-1) got the win with a scoreless sixth inning following a 1½-hour rain delay.
Chris Johnson singled with one out in the ninth before Koji Uehara capped his 10th save with Andrelton Simmons’ game-ending double-play grounder. Uehara was Boston’s seventh pitcher.
Baltimore 7, Milwaukee 6: Jonathan Schoop hit two home runs and newly acquired Nick Hundley singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as the Baltimore Orioles rallied past the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 on Monday.
Down 6-4 with two outs in the ninth, the Orioles rallied off Milwaukee closer Francisco Rodriguez. Schoop’s second homer cut it to one. After pinch-hitter Delmon Young singled, Nick Markakis hit a game-tying double.
Miami 3, Washington 2: Not even a visit from the usually cooperative Miami Marlins could bring the Washington Nationals out of their offensive funk.
Adam LaRoche homered in his second game back from the disabled list, but the Nationals managed only three hits and fell 3-2 to the Marlins Monday afternoon.
Texas 7, Minnesota 2: Returning home from a five-game road trip wasn’t enough for the Minnesota Twins to revive their offense in a 7-2 loss to the Texas Rangers on Monday.
Kevin Correia allowed four earned runs in seven innings for the Twins in their fourth straight loss since climbing two games over .500 on May 21.
Chi. White Sox 6, Cleveland 2: Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer, Conor Gillaspie collected four more hits and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Monday.
Gillaspie went 4 for 4, scored twice and drove in a run. He became the first White Sox player to hit three doubles in a single game since Paul Konerko on May 26, 2012, against the Indians.
Seattle 5, L.A. Angels 1: Chris Young pitched shutout ball until Albert Pujols homered in the seventh inning, Robinson Cano had three hits and two RBIs to raise his average to .332, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Angels 5-1 on Monday.
After manager Lloyd McClendon lamented Seattle’s production following losses over the weekend to Houston, the Mariners responded with five runs in the first two innings off Tyler Skaggs (4-2). Seattle scored three unearned runs with two outs in the second.
Chi. Cubs 8, San Francisco 4: Jeff Samardzija struck out a season-high 10 for his first win since last August, leading the Chicago Cubs past the San Francisco Giants 8-4 on Monday.
Samardzija (1-4) allowed six hits and walked none in seven-plus innings. He also had an RBI double during a three-run fourth to help snap his 16-start winless streak.
Oakland 10, Detroit 0: Kyle Blanks homered in his home debut at the Coliseum and Derek Norris capped Oakland’s five-homer day with a grand slam and the Athletics snapped a season-long four-game losing streak with a 10-0 win over the Detroit Tigers Monday.
Brandon Moss and Josh Donaldson each hit their 12th home run and Yoenis Cespedes also went deep for the A’s, who broke out of their recent slump by getting homers from five players for the first time since 2009.
N.Y. Yankees 6, St.Louis 4: Brian Roberts hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run 12th inning after Brett Gardner’s leaping catch at the left-field fence helped save the New York Yankees in a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals Monday.
Pinch-hitter Alfonso Soriano and Brendan Ryan each added an RBI for the Yankees, who took the opener of a three-game interleague series for their third straight win. Alfredo Aceves (1-2) worked two scoreless innings and David Robertson earned his 11th save in 12 chances.