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Ortiz homers, drives in 4 runs as Red Sox end 10-game losing streak, rally past Braves 8-6

  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz (34) watches his three run homer during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Monday, May 26, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz (34) watches his three run homer during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Monday, May 26, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley cannot reach a 2-RBI double hit over his head by Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton  during the third inning of a baseball game on Monday, May 26, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley cannot reach a 2-RBI double hit over his head by Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton during the third inning of a baseball game on Monday, May 26, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jets fly over as members of the U.S. Military hold the American Flag across the outfield, in honor of Memorial Day, before a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox on Monday, May 26, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Jets fly over as members of the U.S. Military hold the American Flag across the outfield, in honor of Memorial Day, before a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox on Monday, May 26, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)  (The Associated Press)

David Ortiz homered and drove in four runs as the Boston Red Sox ended their 10-game losing streak, rallying from a five-run deficit to defeat the Atlanta Braves 8-6 on Monday.

The defending World Series champions trailed 6-1 after the fourth, with starter Clay Buchholz walking a career-high eight in only three-plus innings.

But Ortiz tied it by hitting a three-run homer off Ervin Santana in the fifth. With Red Sox fans at Turner Field chanting "Papi! Papi!" the World Series MVP then gave Boston the lead with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Ian Thomas (1-2) in the seventh.

Following pregame declarations of confidence from manager John Farrell and general manager Ben Cherington, the Red Sox came back to end their worst skid since an 11-game slide in 1994.