ATLANTA — David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox were in desperate need of a big hit.
On Monday, at long last, Big Papi delivered.
Ortiz homered and drove in four runs as the defending World Series champions ended their 10-game losing streak, rallying from a five-run deficit to defeat the Atlanta Braves 8-6.
“It’s been too long since we last shook hands following a win,” manager John Farrell.
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Farrell called it “a total team win,” then pointed to the two powerful bats in the middle of the lineup — Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia.
“In 10 games prior to today, there was one RBI combined,” he said. “That’s not to put it all on them, but they being in the middle of the lineup, their contributions are key to us.”
Pedroia hit a two-run single before Ortiz tied the game with a three-run homer off Ervin Santana in the fifth inning.
With Red Sox fans at Turner Field chanting “Papi! Papi!” Ortiz then gave Boston the lead with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Ian Thomas (1-2) in the seventh.
• Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis went on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle Monday, a day after getting hurt while celebrating Josh Beckett’s no-hitter.
Ellis rushed to join teammates in the celebration on Sunday in Philadelphia. Around home plate, he stepped on the discarded mask of backup Drew Butera, who caught the majors’ first no-hitter of the season.
“I wanted to be a part of it. It’s a great day, a great experience to be a part of. I quickly lost my thrill for what happened,” Ellis said. “Rolled it pretty good. I’m beyond frustrated, still kind of shocked.”
• The New York Mets fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens and also cut reliever Jose Valverde after Monday’s loss.