Braves end 8-game slide, beat Red Sox 5-3 behind Markakis
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By DOUG ALDEN Associated Press
The Atlanta Braves ended an eight-game losing streak, beating the Boston Red Sox 5-3 Thursday night as Nick Markakis had three singles, a double and three RBIs.
Mallex Smith doubled twice and had an RBI single for the Braves, a big league-worst 5-17. Atlanta won for the first time since April 19 and avoided being swept by the Red Sox in the interleague series, which included two games in each city.
Jhoulys Chachin (1-1) gave up two runs and six hits in five-plus innings to win for the first time since signing with the Braves as a free agent in December. Five pitchers combined for four-hit relief, with Arodys Vizcaino getting three outs for his second save.
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