ATLANTA (AP) - Julian Tavarez pitched seven scoreless innings, and the Boston Red Sox homered three times in the first two innings in an 11-to-nothing rout of the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night.
J.D. Drew drove the fourth pitch of the game into the center-field seats, a sign of things to come for the Red Sox. They had five homers in all, and 10 of their 15 hits were for extra bases.
For Atlanta, it was another dismal night at the plate. The Braves were shut out by the Red Sox for the second night in a row and haven't scored in 19 innings.
Before the first was done, Coco Crisp hit a three-run homer off Buddy Carlyle to stake Tavarez to a 5-nothing lead. David Ortiz kept up the barrage the next inning with a two-run shot, his second homer in as many days.
Tavarez (5-4) coasted with the seven-run cushion to win his fourth straight. He allowed only three hits and faced the minimum through the first six innings. Willie Harris and Chipper Jones reached on singles, but both were erased with double plays.
In the seventh, Atlanta finally got someone into scoring position for the first time all night. But shortstop Julio Lugo fielded a grounder in short left and threw back to second base for an inning-ending force.
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