Final Score: Boston 4, Atlanta 0
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - John Lackey pitched shutout ball into the
seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox notched their season-high third straight
victory, 4-0 over the Atlanta Braves.
The Red Sox, who won back-to-back contests at Atlanta earlier this week after
snapping a 10-game skid, got two hits and an RBI from A.J. Pierzynski, Jonny
Gomes and Jackie Bradley Jr.
"On the heels of what we've come off of (it's been) much needed," Red Sox
manager John Farrell said. "We've gotten some timely hits. There's a little
bit more of a looseness in those situations."
Lackey (6-3) gave up eight hits and piled up nine strikeouts without walking a
batter over 6 1/3 innings to win for the fourth time in his last five
Chris Capuano pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning and
Junichi Tazawa fanned two in a 1-2-3 eighth frame. Craig Breslow allowed a
single to Chris Johnson to start the ninth, but then retired the next three
There was plenty of fanfare leading up to the first pitch. Prior to the game,
the Red Sox honored the 2004 championship team that broke the 86-year drought
of winning the World Series. Manny Ramirez, who was signed to a minor league
contract as a player-coach for the Cubs last weekend, threw out the
ceremonial first pitch, which was picked off by Johnny Damon and then flipped
to home plate. Pedro Martinez was also on hand, as well as many other members
of the title team.
Gavin Floyd (0-2) surrendered six hits and a pair of runs -- one earned --
over five frames. He lost for the first time in eight career decisions against
the Red Sox.
The NL East leaders, who left 10 men on base, had nine hits, two from prospect
second baseman Tommy La Stella in his major league debut.
"Tommy was great. He did what we expected him to. He did a nice job. I can't
complain," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Gomes legged out an infield hit in the second inning and went to second on
Ramiro Pena's throwing error. Gomes then advanced to third o a wild pitch, and
two batters later scored when Daniel Nava grounded into a double play.
Xander Bogaerts, who had three hits, doubled in the third and scored later in
the frame on Pierzynski's base hit to center.
Bradley's slicing double to left in the sixth plated Gomes for a 3-0 lead
before Lackey was ousted in the seventh after giving up consecutive singles to
La Stella and Pena. Capuano then retired Jason Heyward on a ground ball before
walking B.J. Upton, but Freddie Freeman grounded out to second to cap the
It became a four-run margin in the bottom half when Gomes singled to left to
drive in Dustin Pedroia.
The Red Sox put right-handed starting pitcher Clay Buchholz on the 15-day
disabled list due to a hyperextended left knee. To fill Buchholz's spot on the
roster, the Red Sox recalled righty Alex Wilson from Triple-A Pawtucket ...
The finale of this two-game set at Fenway Park will see Mike Minor pitch for
Atlanta and Jake Peavy for Boston ... La Stella had his contract purchased
from Triple-A Gwinnett. He batted eighth. Atlanta also optioned infielder
Tyler Pastornicky to Gwinnett ... Lackey has thrown at least five innings in a
career-best 35 consecutive starts dating back to May 19, 2013.
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