Keith Lockhart doubled in the game-winner during a four-run 10th
inning as the Braves beat Boston 7-3 Sunday to sweep the Red Sox
and win for the 10th time in 11 games.
For the year, Atlanta went 15-3 in interleague play and Boston
"Those teams really stuck it to us,'' said Red Sox outfielder
Johnny Damon, whose team lost for the seventh time in eight games.
"They have our respect. Good thing they're gone.''
Darren Bragg singled with one out in the 10th -- his third hit of
the day -- and one out later Lockhart fouled off three pitches with
two strikes before looping one down the right-field line to give
Atlanta the lead.
"It was a big hit,'' Lockhart said. "It put us ahead and the
guys followed behind us. that was certainly enough for this
Rafael Furcal made it 5-3 with a single on the 52nd pitch of the
day from Ugueth Urbina (0-3), who is usually a one-inning closer.
Willie Banks allowed singles to Julio Franco and Gary Sheffield
before Chipper Jones reached and Franco scored when Banks botched a
throw to first.
Urbina pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs, three
hits and two walks.
Mike Remlinger (5-0) earned the victory with two strikeouts in
one inning. The Braves won their 11th consecutive series and
improved to 12-3 in the interleague era in Boston, the franchise's
home for its first five decades before it moved to Milwaukee and
"We're starting to score some runs,'' Garciaparra said. "I'm
glad interleague is gone. Not that it's the reason. We've still got
to look among ourselves.''
Javy Lopez hit a solo homer in the fifth for the Braves.
Jason Marquis gave up four hits, a walk and a hit batter in 6
2/3 innings, striking out three. He had allowed just two hits until
the seventh, when Daubach and Nixon homered to cut a three-run lead
Chris Hammond came on and struck out pinch-hitter Tony Clark to
end the inning. But in the eighth, Garciaparra homered off Kevin
Gryboski just to the right of the yellow line denoting a home run,
making it 3-3 and saving Frank Castillo from the loss.
Castillo gave up three runs, eight hits, three walks and a hit
batter in six-plus innings. He struck out three.
Castillo was suspended for five games for stomping on umpire
Bill Welke's foot on June 19 but is allowed to pitch pending an
appeal. He could drop his appeal without missing a beat: because of
a doubleheader on Tuesday, the Red Sox will play five games in four
days, allowing Castillo to make his scheduled start on Friday
Marquis has allowed two or fewer runs in seven of 11
starts, but five or more in the other four starts. ... The Red Sox
are 18-19 at home. ... Bragg stole his first base of the season. ... Chipper Jones got his first career hit against the Red Sox. ... Furcal has a nine-game
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