Red Sox finally find winning formula

"When David hit that home run, that was the loudest cheer as a visitor that I've probably ever heard," Pierzynski said. "It was pretty cool there were so many Red Sox fans here and how loud they were yelling.

"I don't know why they were all here, but pretty darn cool. I was on deck and got the full force of it because I was out at home plate."

While six relievers spared Buchholz with six scoreless innings of four-hit relief, the Sox forged ahead in the seventh. With Braves lefty Ian Thomas giving it his best Wild Thing impression and throwing consecutive pitches to the backstop, the Sox used a couple of walks and Holt's infield hit to load the bases. Ortiz broke the tie with a sacrifice fly, and Pierzynski's base hit gave the Sox an insurance run.

That the worm might have turned was never more apparent than in the eighth, when reliever Andrew Miller, tagged with walk-off losses in each of his past four appearances, gave up a leadoff hit to Jason Heyward but was elated seconds later when Heyward overslid the bag and a perfect throw from Jackie Bradley Jr. erased him, Pedroia applying the tag.

"Great throw, great arm," Pedroia said. "He backspun it to me right on the money. Heyward is a big boy. I could hear him coming. I don't think he realized he flat-out couldn't stop. Big man."

While Boston's Big Papi and Little Big Man combined to knock in six runs, Farrell lauded a total team effort in which every position player in the Sox lineup reached safely except for Bradley, who hit a sacrifice fly and again made his presence felt defensively. Koji Uehara sealed the deal with his first save in more than two weeks; he hadn't had an opportunity to showcase his trademark high-five since May 11.

"We lost in a lot of different ways," Pedroia said. "Long way to go, a lot of games. We can win 10 just as easy as we lose 10. Guys are going to keep fighting, try to play the game the right way and win as many games as we can."

Do that, and Cherington just might stay home.

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