BOSTON (AP) - Josh Beckett allowed just five singles for his
first shutout since joining the Red Sox, and Jason Varitek doubled
twice and scored twice to lead Boston to a 3-0 victory over the
Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.
Beckett (8-4) rebounded from giving up a season-high 11 hits in
his last outing for his first complete game of the year. He struck
out seven, walked none and only allowed one runner to reach second
base to win for the sixth time in seven decisions.
Varitek helped Boston spoil the homecoming of ex-batterymate
Derek Lowe, who spent 7½ seasons with the Red Sox and helped them end their 86-year World Series drought.