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Pregame meeting by Farrell can't turn around slumping Sox; lose 4-2 to Braves

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BOSTON — Red Sox manager called a pregame meeting with his struggling team.

It didn't help.

Boston went out and lost its season-high seventh straight, falling 4-2 to the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.

"We've got a good team. I've been in tough situations before," third baseman said. "We need to stick together and play hard."

The Red Sox were the favorites to win the AL East after finishing last in 2014. Instead, they dropped to 27-38 and are nine games out in the division.

Farrell was asked before the game if he has heard the fans calling for him to be fired. He said, "That comes with the territory."

He wouldn't say what was discussed at the meeting. He said he just wants to make sure his players are supporting each other.

"I'm not really disappointed," center fielder said after the loss. "A long season, we've got a long ways to go."

(4-7) allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings. The Red Sox were swept in Baltimore and then at home by Toronto and need a win on Tuesday afternoon to avoid a sweep in this two-game interleague series.

"You have to ask each guy. I can't speak for everyone," Porcello said when asked if they were pressing. "You have to focus on the task in hand and do your job."

pitched six shutout innings for the Braves, who came in having lost three of four.

Just two days after picking up his first career save in an emergency relief appearance, Perez (3-0) allowed five hits and two walks, striking out two. He has made six major league starts and allowed one run or none in five of them.

pitched the ninth for his 17th save. He retired on a long flyball before Sandoval hit his second double of the game with two outs. reached on an error, and singled in a run — his third hit of the game — to make it 4-2.

But pinch-hitter grounded weakly back to the mound to end it.

, and each had two of Atlanta's nine singles.

Sandoval reached 1,000 career hits and 201 doubles. also had two hits, and hit a solo homer in the seventh.

Porcello walked one and struck out five but also hit a batter and threw two wild pitches. He gave up three straight singles in the fourth and the Braves scored three times.

singled with one out, stole second and scored on Markakis' single. Uribe singled, then one out later Markakis scored on a wild pitch. Pierzynski singled to make it 3-0.

singled and scored in the seventh to give Atlanta a 4-0 lead before Bogaerts hit his first homer since May 20.

THE WRONG WAY

It's Boston's longest losing streak since dropping eight straight last August.

PLAYING HARD

Pedroia had two hits and a walk after speaking up before the game that he has faith in his teammates.

"That's the competitor he is, couple of base hits and gets on with a walk — on base three times," Farrell said. "He gives you everything he's got everyday he's on the field."

LINEUP SHUFFLING

Braves: Atlanta promoted C from Triple-A and recalled RHP . C and OF were optioned to Gwinnett of the International League.

Red Sox: Napoli returned to the lineup after getting two days off to rest. He entered the game batting .200, and was moved to the No. 7 spot in the order. The Red Sox activated LHP from the paternity list and recalled Jr. from Triple-A. INF was optioned to Pawtucket and INF was designated for assignment.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: After the game, the club announced that RHP underwent Tommy John surgery.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP (4-2) will be facing the Red Sox for the first time.

Red Sox: LHP Miley (5-6) will make his first start since having a screaming match with manager in the dugout during Thursday's game against Baltimore.

PHOTO: Boston Red Sox's Junichi Tazawa, second from left, walks past manager John Farrell, left, after being taken out during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Boston, Friday, June 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Boston Red Sox's Junichi Tazawa, second from left, walks past manager John Farrell, left, after being taken out during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Boston, Friday, June 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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