The Boston Red Sox rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, 5-3 as Connor Wong hit a 2-run homer in the 8th inning, and the Red Sox improved to 8-6 in the Spring.

Tanner Houck, making his 1st start of the Spring was wild in his 2.2 innings, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits, including a homer. He walked 4 and struck out 1. But the Red Sox's bullpen was outstanding, throwing 6.1 innings of shutout relief. Phillips Valdez went 1.1 inning striking out 2. Matt Andriese went 4 innings and allowed just 2 hits, while striking out 3, picking up the win. Eduard Bazardo pitched the 9th for his 1st save of the season.

The Red Sox managed 6 hits on the afternoon including Wong's 2-run homer. Christian Vazquez, Michael Chavis and Josh Ockimey all doubled.

After the game the Boston Red Sox optioned three players to the Alternate Training Site: right-handed pitcher Eduard Bazardo, right-handed pitcher John Schreiber, and catcher/infielder Connor Wong.

The Red Sox play the Minnesota Twins Wednesday afternoon, March 17th at 1:05 p.m. Eduardo Rodriguez, on track to be the Red Sox's opening day starter, will make his 3rd start of the Spring. He's 1-0 having started 2 games and pitched 6.2 innings, striking out 8, after missing the 2020 season.

The Red Sox are off on Thursday.

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