Duvall follows Ozuna with 3 HRs; Braves complete sweep

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Boston Red Sox pitcher Mike Kickham (74) watches as Atlanta Braves' Adam Duvall, center, rounds the bases on Duvall's two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday Sept. 2, 2020, in Boston. At left is Braves Austin Riley. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON – Adam Duvall hit three home runs a night after teammate Marcell Ozuna did it, making them the first teammates in major league history to perform the feat in consecutive games as the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves beat the stumbling Boston Red Sox 7-5 Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.

Duvall hit a pair of two-run shots over the Green Monster and a solo blast to center for his five RBIs. Ozuna added a long, tiebreaking solo drive for the Braves, who entered the three-game set winless in their last 15 series (0-12-3) against the Red Sox.

Duvall and Ozuna were the first teammates with three-homer performances in back-to-back games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

“I didn’t know that,” Duvall said when he was informed of the historic feat during his postgame interview. "I thought it was (three homers) here. That’s pretty neat. That’s pretty cool.”

On Tuesday, Ozuna became the first NL player to hit three homers in a game at Fenway Park.

“We just met up in here and talked about what we just did,” Duvall said. “It’s super cool. It's something definitely to take a moment and enjoy it.”

It was Atlanta’s first sweep in Boston since capturing a three-game set in 2002. Freddie Freeman had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

“When the big boys get hot, that's what happens,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.