BOSTON (AP) _ John Smoltz earned his 199th victory and the
Atlanta Braves set a team record with 12 extra-base hits as they
handed the Boston Red Sox their worst shutout loss in 17 years,
14-to-0 tonight to split a day-night doubleheader.
The Red Sox took the opener 13-t-3 as Daisuke Matsuzaka (6-2)
won his fifth straight decision and Mike Lowell hit a grand slam.
Pitching on a rainy night against the team with baseball's best
record, Smoltz (6-2) allowed three hits and one walk in seven
innings. He won for the first time since turning 40 years old last
Smoltz remained unscored upon in all 20 and two-thirds innings
he's pitched at Fenway Park. He struck out seven to move into 17th
place on the all-time list with two-thousand-833, one more than
The Red Sox lost for the third time in their last 13 games.
Boston's worst previous shutout loss was 16-to-0 to Minnesota on
May 25th, 1990.
The Braves won for the second time in seven games behind a
17-hit outburst led by Kelly Johnson's double, triple and homer and
five R-B-Is. He lined out to right in the ninth inning, missing a
chance to become the second Braves player to hit for the cycle
since 1910. The last one to do it was Albert Hall in 1987.
But Brian McCann's two-run double in that inning broke the
extra-base hits record of eleven, done six times since the Braves
moved to Atlanta in 1966. They last time was on May 28th of last
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