ATLANTA (Ticker) --
helped add to the struggles of the
Boston Red Sox
Green's three-run homer with none out in the bottom of the 12th inning gave the
a 6-3 victory over the
Coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of the archrival
New York Yankees
in which they faltered badly in the late innings, the
struggled again at Turner Field.
delivered an RBI single in the 10th to give Boston a 3-2 lead, but closer
suffered his third blown save in 16 chances in the bottom of the inning.
began the inning by lining Foulke's 1-1 offering the opposite way to left field for a double. Foulke then uncorked a wild pitch while Green was attempting to sacrifice. Green's sacrifice fly tied it.
"I made a big mistake and put the ballclub in a bad situation," Foulke said. "(I was trying to) strike him out or get a short fly ball. Either way that plan backfired."
left two runners on in the 12th, the Braves wasted little time in wrapping it up.
led off with a single off rookie
(2-1), who was recalled from the minor leagues earlier in the day. Furcal laced a double into the right center field gap.
Green ended things by crushing a 1-1 curveball over the left field wall for his third homer of the season.
"I had a terrible day," said Green, who was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts before the game went to extra innings. "To top it off with something like that was exciting. Especially when I was striking out on curveballs and that's what I hit out."
defended his decision not to intentionally walk Green despite having first base open.
"(Martinez) was in a bind right there," Francona said. "You got to go for the strike out. Then, you can walk Drew and pitch to (presumed pinch hitter Mike) Hampton. He left a pitch up and over the plate.
(2-0) struck out four in two scoreless innings for the win. Seven Atlanta pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts.
and J.D. Drew hit solo homers for the Braves, who have won six of their last seven games.
"It was a great win," Drew said. "I would have liked to get a couple more hits. Green came up big."
had three hits and
belted a solo homer for the
, who have lost six straight and 12 of their last 16 road games. Boston has dropped four in a row overall.
"We know things like that are going to happen," said Ramirez, who has put the
ahead in extra innings the past two nights only to see his team later lose the game. "That's why it's a long season. I think if we keep playing like we did tonight, we're going to win a lot of games."