Game over: Braves 4, Red Sox 1: Craig Kimbrel retired the side in order for the save.
Top of 9th: Braves 4, Red Sox 1: Clayton Mortensen entered the game with two out in relief of Melancon, who gave up an RBI single to center to Freddie Freeman that scored Michael Bourn from third. Bourn led off with a single to center, went to second on a Martin Prado’s groundout to second, then went to third on Dan Uggla’s fielder’s choice and scored on Freeman’s RBI single that prompted Sox manager Bobby Valentine to summon Mortensen from the bullpen.
Mortensen got Chipper Jones to fly to center to end the inning. Craig Kimbrel will pitch the bottom of the ninth for the Braves.
Bottom of 8th: Braves 3, Red Sox 1: Chad Durbin entered the game in relief of Jurrjens after he gave up an RBI double to Daniel Nava that scored Will Middlebrooks, who reached on a lead-off double to center. Jurrjens left after throwing a season-high 103 pitches (68 strikes).
Durbin extinguished the rally when he got Dustin Pedroia to ground to short.
Jurrjens line: 7.2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HB.
Top of 8th: Braves 3, Red Sox 0 Melancon did a solid job of holding the line. After giving up a lead-off single to right to Chipper Jones, Melancon got Heyward to fly to center, struck out Matt Diaz, and got Simmons to ground to second.
Bottom of 7th: Braves 3, Red Sox 0 How unexpected was Jurrjens’ performance? Well, the last time he went seven innings was last July 27 vs. Pittsburgh. He gave up one run on six hits, including a solo homer. Jurrjens seemed to improve upon that effort by retiring the Sox in 1-2-3 fashion (again).
Mark Melancon will relieve Lester in the 8th:
Lester’s line: 7.0 IP, 3 R, 10 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HB.
Top of 7th: Braves 3, Red Sox 0: After giving up a lead-off double to Martin Prado, marking Lester’s10th hit of the game (which matched his season high), the Sox lefthander battled his way out of the jam. Lester stranded Prado, who advanced to third on Brian McCann’s groundout to first, when he issued an intentional walk to Dan Uggla then induced Freddie Freeman to hit into a 3-6-1 double play to end the inning.
Bottom of 6th: Braves 3, Red Sox 0: Jurrjens continued to impress, throwing another 1-2-3 shutout inning at the Sox. Since giving up a first-inning single to Adrian Gonzalez, Jurrjens has allowed only two other baserunners to reach — on a walk and a hit by pitch — with none getting past first.
Top of 6th: Braves 3, Red Sox 0: Lester gave up another run when Andrelton Simmons hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored Jason Heyward, who reached on a double to right and advanced to third on Matt Diaz’s fly to right.
Roger, over and out: Clemens has seen enough. Mobbed by autograph seekers, The Rocket has departed the Green Monster seats and has left the park in the top of the sixth.
Bottom of 5th: Braves 2, Red Sox 0: Jurrjens continued to befuddle the Red Sox, allowing one baserunner when he hit Will Middlebrooks with one out. After Ryan Kalish struck out (on a questionable called third strike), Jurrjens got Mike Aviles to ground to third for a 5-4 force out on Middlebrooks at second.
Top of 5th; Braves 2, Red Sox 0: Lester continued to scuffle when the first batter he faced, Prado, reached on a single. Prado wound up getting forced out at second on Uggla’s ground ball to third. Lester hit Freeman with a pitch, putting two men aboard, but Lester got out of the jam when he induced Chipper Jones to pop up to first. Lester has thrown 95 pitches (65 strikes) and allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out five batters.
Bottom of 4th: Braves 2, Red Sox 0: Hard to believe Jurrjens, called up today from Triple A Gwinnett, is winless in four Major League starts this season. He looked like a world beater after he retired the Sox in 1-2-3 fashion. Through four innings, he has thrown a one-hit shutout at the Sox.
Clemens in the house Roger Clemens, fresh off his acquittal from his perjury trial in Washington, D.C., was spotted in the Green Monster seats in the third inning. He was shown on the videoboard as Elton John’s “Rocket Man” played over the PA and was greeted by a mixed bag off cheers and boos.
Top of 4th: Braves 2, Red Sox 0: Lester got tagged for a pair of runs off three hits, including a pair of doubles by Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons. Heyward’s double to center advanced Freddie Freeman (lead-off single to left) to third. Freeman scored on Matt Diaz’s ground out to short. Simmons then drove in Heyward with his RBI double to left before Lester got out of the inning by striking out Michael Bourn.
Bottom of 3d: Red Sox 0, Braves 0: The Sox got a runner aboard when Daniel Nava drew a two-out walk, but wound up getting forced out at second on Dustin Pedroia’s grounder to second.
Top of 3d: Red Sox 0, Braves 0 The Braves threatened with two out when Martin Prado singled to left then went to third on Brian McCann’s single to center, but Lester got out of the inning by inducing Dan Uggla to fly to right.
Bottom of 2d: Red Sox 0, Braves 0 1-2-3 inning for Jurrjens, who struck out Saltalamacchia (looking) for the second out of the inning.
Top of 2d: Red Sox 0, Braves 0 Another fairly smooth inning for Lester, who recorded his third strikeout of the game when he punched out Chipper Jones (looking) for out No. 2.
Bottom of 1st: Red Sox 0, Braves 0: The Red Sox were only able to muster a single to left by Adrian Gonzalez against Jair Jurrjens.
Top of 1st: Red Sox 0, Braves 0: Jon Lester looked to be in fine form with a strong first inning against the Braves. He sandwiched a lead-off strikeout (swinging) against Michael Bourn with an inning-ending punchout (looking) of Dan Uggla between a Martin Prado fly out to center and a Brian McCann single to center.
Pregame:Greetings from Fenway Park. The Red Sox (36-33) will wrap up interleague play by hosting the Atlanta Braves (37-32) in the first game of a three-game set. The Sox will send Jon Lester (4-4, 4.53) to the mound against RHP Jair Jurrjens (0-2, 9.37 ERA).
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