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Red Sox take 2 of 3 from Braves

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A disastrous 4-8 road trip ended in Boston with a 5-2 loss. It saw Dan Kolb lose his job as closer and injuries or illness for Kevin Gryboski, Chipper Jones, Brian Jordan, John Thomson, Mike Hampton, and Eddie Perez. The Braves have fallen a game and a half behind the Marlins in 2nd place. Friday: Red Sox 4, Braves 3 The Braves offense was shut down by Wade Miller, and Tim Hudson had another sub-par outing as the Red Sox hung on to victory. Hudson (4-3) gave up 4 runs on 8 hits, 5 walks, and 3 strikeouts in 6 innings of work. John Foster and Adam Bernero each pitched a scoreless inning in relief. The Braves could manage only to get 3 hits off of Miller, although they did hit the struggling Red Sox closer Keith Foulke pretty well. Johnny Estrada led the offense going 3 for 4 with a double. Chipper, Andruw, and Jordan had the only other hits. Saturday:--Braves 7, Red Sox 5 Kyle Davies had an outstanding major league debut, picking up the win. Davies (1-0) pitched 5 scoreless innings, giving up just 4 hits, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts. This was against the world champs in Fenway Park in a cold rain. On offense, Marcus Giles led the way going 3 for 5 with 2 doubles. Chipper Jones was 2 for 4. The bullpen struggled to hold a 7 run lead, as Sosa, Colon and Reitsma all gave up runs. Bernero had the only scoreless inning from the bullpen. Sunday:--Red Sox 5, Braves 2 The Braves offense was shut down by Matt Clement as the Braves lost their third straight series. Nobody had more than one hit, and the only hits were by Furcal, Orr, Giles, and Andruw. The Braves scored their runs by stringing together 3 hits in the 4th. John Smoltz started, and struggled through 4 and two thirds innings, but allowed just 2 runs. He left after compiling a very high pitch count, and allowed 9 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. He kept the Braves in the game, but loser Roman Colon (who probably should be at Triple A) gave up 3 runs in an inning and a third of work, including a 2 run homer by Manny Ramirez. It was Colon's first decision of the year at 0-1. Matt Childers and Dan Kolb each pitched scoreless innings. Next the Braves return to Atlanta to face the Mets. Horacio Ramirez will face Kaz Ishii tomorrow night, Tim Hudson will pitch on 3 days rest against Tom Glavine on Tuesday night, and Kyle Davies will pitch on 3 days rest against Victor Zambrano on Wednesday night. The reason for the 3 days of rest is because the minor leaguer who would be called up to start, Seth Greisinger, would also be on 3 days of rest. However, because of off-days, the Braves won't need to use more than 4 starters until May 31, which is when Hampton is supposed to return.

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