Boston’s Rafael Devers gets pushed through the dugout in a laundry cart as he celebrates after hitting a grand slam in the second inning Tuesday night in Atlanta. John Bazemore/Associated Press

ATLANTA — Rafael Devers hit his first career grand slam and the last-place Boston Red Sox broke out for clean-shaven manager Alex Cora in a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night that ended a five-game skid.

Devers’ 432-foot blast off Kyle Wright (3-2) hit the center-field scoreboard behind the Braves’ bullpen. Devers also had a double and a walk.

The slam, Devers’ fifth homer, was the highlight of Boston’s six-run second inning. Trevor Story had a two-run single in the ninth.

The Red Sox, who ended a five-game losing streak, matched a season high for scoring last reached April 13. Boston had combined for six runs over their past four losses.

The offensive surge came after Cora decided to shave his salt-and-pepper beard before the series. He grew out his facial hair ahead of the season and joked that it was to blame for his team’s poor start.

“If we win 10 in a row, it’s on me because I should have recognized that before,” Cora said with a smile before the game.


Christian Vazquez had a run-scoring single and Jackie Bradley Jr. drew a bases-loaded walk before Devers’ slam gave Boston a 6-0 lead.

The Red Sox led 6-4 before adding three runs in the ninth off Tyler Thornburg. Alex Verdugo’s bases-loaded walk drove in a run before Story’s two-run single.

The Red Sox ended their streak of six consecutive series losses by earning at least a split of the two games in Atlanta.

The Red Sox (11-19), who lost to Houston in last season’s AL Championship Series, aren’t the only team struggling to reclaim their winning form. The defending World Series champion Braves (14-17) are seven games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets.

The Braves, coming off a series win over Milwaukee, have no winning streaks longer than two games this season.

Wright allowed six runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings.

Travis d’Arnaud hit a two-run homer off Garrett Whitlock, who allowed three runs on four hits and four walks in three innings. Tyler Danish (1-0) allowed one hit in two scoreless innings.

Hansel Robles, who has converted only one of three saves chances, walked leadoff hitter Ronald Acuna Jr. in the seventh. Acuna advanced to third on Matt Olson’s line-drive single past first baseman Franchy Cordero and scored on Marcell Ozuna’s grounder.

NOTES: LHP Rich Hill, who was placed on the COVID-19 injury list on Friday, is “doing good” and is symptom-free, according to Cora, but is still awaiting the necessary two negative tests before he can be activated. Cora said “if everything goes well” Hill could return to the rotation for this weekend’s series at Texas.

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