ATLANTA — David Ortiz and the 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 Braves 8-6.
"It's been too long since we last shook hands following a win," manager John Farrell said.
Farrell pointed to the bats in the middle of the lineup, Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia.
"In 10 games prior to (Monday), 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 it with a three-run homer off Ervin Santana in the fifth. Ortiz gave Boston the lead with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.