BOSTON (AP) - Kason Gabbard came up from Triple-A and struck out
a career-high seven batters while shutting Atlanta out for the
first five innings to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 6-to-3 victory
Sunday over the Braves.
Called up earlier in the day to make his 2007 debut, Gabbard (1-0) held Atlanta hitless through three and two-thirds innings and retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced. He walked one and allowed six hits, leaving with a 6-to-0 lead after giving up back-to-back hits to start the sixth inning. Brendan Donnelly allowed both inherited runners to score.
Hideki Okajima allowed a pair of hits in the eighth but escaped with his scoreless inning streak at 20 two-thirds over 20 outings. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth in a non-save situation.