Wakefield Knuckles-Up Braves

ATLANTA (AP) - Tim Wakefield pitched six scoreless innings to
outduel Javier Vazquez, and the Boston Red Sox blanked the
punchless Atlanta Braves 1-0 on Saturday.

Mark Kotsay drove in the game's only run with a sixth-inning
single.

Wakefield (10-3) came up with a performance worthy of the day he
tied Roger Clemens' record for most career starts by a Red Sox
pitcher at 382. The knuckleball was really fluttering on a
sweltering day at Turner Field - it was 95 degrees at first pitch -
and the Braves managed just three singles off the 42-year-old.

Manny Delcarmen retired all four hitters he faced, Justin Masterson got out trouble in the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon worked around a shaky ninth to complete the four-hit shutout, his 18th save in 19 chances.


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