Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Cody Ross hit a three-run and two-run home run as the Boston Red Sox took a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves in the rubber match of a three-game series on Sunday.
Ross' day overshadowed what might be the final appearance of third baseman Kevin Youkilis in a Boston uniform.
The subject of numerous trade rumors, Youkilis had been benched the past three games as the 33-year-old has struggled much of the season. However, he went 2- for-4 with an RBI on Sunday and received two standing ovations. The first one was in the second inning prior to his at-bat in which he singled. The second ovation was awarded to him following his RBI triple in the seventh that saw him pulled from the game.
On the season, his ninth in the majors and all of them with Boston, Youkilis is batting just .233 with four home runs and 14 RBI, and trade rumors have several teams interested in his services.
Aaron Cook (1-1), making the spot start in place of an injured Clay Buchholz, went five innings and gave up three runs -- two earned -- on six hits over five innings.
Jason Heyward went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored while Eric Hinske added a two-run triple for the Braves, who have dropped five of eight. Mike Minor (3-6) was tagged for seven runs -- four earned -- on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings.
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