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Braves drop 3rd straight to Red Sox

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 28, 2014 at 10:45 pm •  Published: May 28, 2014
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BOSTON (AP) — A change of ballparks and Gavin Floyd's previous success against Boston still couldn't halt the Atlanta Braves' losing streak against the Red Sox.

John Lackey pitched neatly into the seventh inning and the Red Sox beat the Braves for the third straight day, posting a 4-0 win on Wednesday night.

After the Braves dropped a pair at Turner Field, the teams moved to Fenway Park, where Atlanta lost in the opener of a two-game set.

Floyd (0-2) gave up two runs — one earned — in five innings and took his first career loss against the Red Sox after seven wins. He dropped to 3-1 in four starts at Fenway.

"He grinded out some innings, a 100-plus pitches in five innings," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He battled, really battled to keep us in that position. We got nine hits, left all kinds of people on base. We just couldn't get that next one."

Making just his fifth start of the season after 2013 was cut short because of elbow reconstructive surgery, Floyd was satisfied with how he felt but bothered by his team's result.

"It seemed like today a couple of things didn't go our way. You just try to keep zeros up and try to keep the team as close as you could," he said. "I want to win. When I'm pitching, I want our team to win. Obviously, I feel fine. I feel good."

A bright spot for the Braves was second baseman Tommy La Stella, who had two singles in his major league debut. He was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett earlier in the day.

"Relief. It was nice to get that first (hit) out of the way in the first couple of at-bats," he said.

It was Boston's third straight victory after its longest losing streak in 20 years.

The Red Sox honored Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling and members of their 2004 World Series championship team before the game, then put on another winning performance at Fenway.

Jackie Bradley Jr., A.J. Pierzynski and Jonny Gomes each had had two hits and an RBI as the Red Sox extended their mastery over the Braves. Boston is 18-6 since 2005 against Atlanta.

Lackey (6-3) combined with three relievers for Boston's first shutout of the season. He gave up eight hits, struck out nine and walked none in 6 1-3 innings.

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