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Ugly Braves loss in Game 1

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This was ugly. The Red Sox had the Braves' number in 2006 and this year looks no different as the Braves lost a blowout 13-3. Lerew versus Dice-K was always going to be a tough ask for the Braves' fifth starter, and so it proved as Lerew got off to a decidedly shaky start giving up a lead-off home run and then loading the bases and being fortunate to give up nothing else. The second was more of the same as Youkilis belted a 2-run dinger to know Lerew out of the game. Villarreal came in to start the third (he had been warming up since the first) and got out of the inning intact. Redman took the fourth and quickly loaded the bases and then sent a meatball to Lowell who clubbed it for a grandslam. 7-0 down through five. Unbelievably the sixth was even worse as Paronto gave up five -- his ERA is now a lofty 8.25! Game over. In typical fashion the Braves mustered a mini-rally in the seventh with a Frenchy home run and an RBI from Salty. It was too little too late, but there was no way that the Braves would ever have won this game. Frenchy and Renteria did well with the timber, both notching three hits -- Francoeur's average is up at .301 right now, while Renteria breached the .340 mark. Andruw continued his slump going 0 for 4, with one K for a .219 average. What's going on Andruw? What's worrying is that the Braves burned through half their 'pen with the second installment of the double header still to come. Smoltz is on the mound and needs to go 7+ innings. The Sox are the best team in the bigs right now. We're 2.5 games back from the Mets. This could get much uglier.

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