BOSTON (AP) -- Josh Beckett allowed just five singles for his first shutout since joining the Red Sox, and Jason Varitek doubled twice and scored twice to lead Boston to a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.
Beckett (8-4) rebounded from giving up a season-high 11 hits in his last outing for his first complete game of the year. He struck out seven, walked none and only allowed one runner to reach second base to win for the sixth time in seven decisions.
Varitek helped Boston spoil the homecoming of ex-batterymate Derek Lowe, who spent 7 1/2 seasons with the Red Sox and helped them end their 86-year World Series drought.
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