ATLANTA (AP) -- Julian Tavarez pitched seven scoreless innings,
and the Boston Red Sox homered three times in the first two innings
in an 11-to-nothing rout of the Atlanta Braves tonight.
J.D. Drew drove the fourth pitch of the game into the
center-field seats, a sign of things to come for the Red Sox. They
had five homers in all, and 10 of their 15 hits were for extra
For Atlanta, it was another dismal night at the plate. The
Braves were shut out by the Red Sox for the second night in a row
and haven't scored in 19 innings.
Before the first was done, Coco Crisp hit a three-run homer off
Buddy Carlyle to stake Tavarez to a 5-nothing lead. David Ortiz
kept up the barrage the next inning with a two-run shot, his second
homer in as many days.
Tavarez (5-4) coasted with the seven-run cushion to win his
fourth straight. He allowed only three hits and faced the minimum
through the first six innings. Willie Harris and Chipper Jones
reached on singles, but both were erased with double plays.
In the seventh, Atlanta finally got someone into scoring
position for the first time all night. But shortstop Julio Lugo
fielded a grounder in short left and threw back to second base for
an inning-ending force.