Rick Porcello. (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Red Sox led the Braves 3-2 through seven innings yesterday in Atlanta, then scored five times in the final two frames for an 8-2 series-opening win.
Ian Kinsler drove in three and loves Boston's explosive offense.
"I like it when we do it in the first or the second," Kinsler said. "Score a lot of runs early, score a lot of runs late--this team can do it at any point. That's the great thing about this offense--it's electric, and it can happen quickly."
The Baseball-leading Sox have won 23 of their last 27 Interleague games, and will try for another tonight when Rick Porcello takes the ball opposite Sean Newcomb at 7:35 p.m. Porcello has a 3.32 ERA in three starts against the Braves, and he's 20-8 in 39 career games versus the National League. But, he's failed in his last three bids for his 16th win this season.
Newcomb's a Brockton native, and the former Angels first-round pick has really struggled lately by allowing 18 runs his last 19-and-a-third innings.
Sox plan to activate third baseman Rafael Devers off the disabled list, and they'll also recall former Brave Brandon Phillips from Pawtucket. The 17th-year vet attended high school in the Atlanta area. He batted .302 for Pawtucket.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports