May 28: Braves (28-24) 0, Red Sox (23-29) 4
A stellar outing by righty John Lackey and a dominant performance by the Boston bullpen gave the Red Sox a 4-0 shutout win against the Atlanta Braves. Lackey hurled 6.1 scoreless frames, striking out nine and not walking a batter.
The Red Sox got the only run it would need in the bottom of the second when Daniel Nava grounded into a double play with Jonny Gomes on third base and nobody out.
Boston then doubled its lead on an A.J. Pierzynski RBI single in the third. With runners at the corners and two outs in the inning, the veteran Pierzynski worked a 2-2 count after falling behind 0-2 against starter Gavin Floyd. He then followed by lacing a changeup in the middle to give his team a 2-0 cushion.
From there, both pitchers settled down and didn’t allow many base-runners until the late going. Atlanta got two runners on base via singles in the fifth, but failed to come up with a big base knock to get into the scoring column.
In the sixth, with the starter Floyd out of the game, the Red Sox padded their lead a bit with another run – this time off the bat of Jackie Bradley Jr. Bradley Jr. sent a 1-1 pitch from reliever Alex Wood into left field for a double, scoring Jonny Gomes home from second.
After allowing back-to-back singles with one out in the seventh, Lackey was taken out of the game with 105 pitches a 3-0 lead in hand. Reliever Chris Capuano loaded the bases with two outs, but got Freddie Freeman to ground out to end the inning and the threat.
Gomes continued to make his presence known in the game as he knocked in the fourth and final run for the Red Sox in the seventh. He delivered an RBI single to left with one out.
Boston carried the 4-0 lead all the way to the ninth, where reliever Craig Breslow retired three of four batters faced to end the game.
Lackey improved to 6-3 with the win for the Red Sox.
On the other side, Floyd fell to 0-2 after five innings of pitching. He gave up one earned run and walked three.
Gomes was a menace for the Red Sox as he finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored.