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Braves 9, Red Sox 4

ATLANTA (AP) - Brian McCann homered and drove in four runs in Atlanta's 9-to-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox Monday night.

Boston's Curt Schilling was rocked for 10 hits and six runs in four and a third innings, his second-shortest outing of the season. More telling, the 40-year-old right-hander failed to strike out anyone for the first start since July 1st, 1993.

Coco Crisp homered twice for the Red Sox, and J.D. Drew went deep for Boston's other run.

But McCann outdid them both, putting the Braves ahead for good with an R-B-I double in the fourth and chasing Schilling (6-4) the next inning.

With one out, Edgar Renteria and Chipper Jones hit consecutive singles to bring up Atlanta's young catcher. McCann worked the count in his favor, then drove a 2-to-1 pitch into the seats just to the right of the 400-foot sign.

The three-run homer put Atlanta ahead 6-to-1 and offset a trio of solo homers by the Red Sox, who sat one of their biggest offensive stars. With no designated hitter in the National League, David Ortiz was limited to a pinch-hitting role.

Atlanta left-hander Chuck James (6-6) lasted long enough for the win, giving up five hits and two runs in five and a third innings.


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