ATLANTA — Kenley Jansen became the seventh player in major league history to earn 400 saves, pinch-hitter Raimel Tapia hit a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 5 -2 on Wednesday night.
Jansen, who had 41 saves last year in his only season with the Braves, faced four batters for his ninth save in 10 times.
“I’m locked out,” he said. “At the end of the day, that’s an individual thing to do. We’re here to win ball games and go to the playoffs and try to win a championship. It’s just one day at a time. You’ve got to stay focused for that. an incredible experience.”
Jansen wanted to hit 400 at Fenway Park but Atlanta didn’t care. He grew up as a Braves fan in Curaçao cheering on longtime center fielder Andruw Jones.
“It couldn’t be better going against the team that I grew up watching, loving, and I’m doing it now here in their stadium,” Jansen said.
The 35-year-old right-hander trails Billy Wagner with 22 saves for sixth place on the career list. Jansen retired Sean Murphy on a shallow fly, gave up a double to Eddie Rosario, retired Ozzie Albies on a flyout and struck out Travis d’Arnaud to end it, lowering his ERA to 0.77.
Jansen is the first reliever since Detroit’s Francisco Rodríguez in 2016 to reach the 400-save milestone. Mariano Rivera of the Yankees is the career leader with 652 saves.
“It’s awesome, man,” said Jansen, who had 350 saves in 12 years with the Los Angeles Dodgers during a run that lasted through 2021. “It’s a moment I’ll never forget.”