Going for a series sweep, the Boston Red Sox were hoping flu-like symptoms would keep Braves rookie sensation Tommy Hanson from pitching. However, Hanson fought through the illness impressively. Allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings, Hanson dominated the Sox lineup. With just one run for the Sox in the entire game (from Jason Varitek in the 9th), the Sox seemed ready to put interleague play behind them. Though the Sox finished 11-7 versus the NL, both Sox pitchers and DH David Ortiz can get back into normal playing routines.
Prior to last night, the Sox collected victories with Beckett and Wakefield at the mound. Only allowing 4 runs in the 3 games played this series, the Sox starting rotation looked unstoppable. David Ortiz hit his 8th homer of the season this weekend, continuing to fix his batting average and stats.
With the orthodox schedule back, the Sox start a series at Baltimore and then have a 10 game home trip leading into the all star break. With 1 day off and 13 games until the break, the Red Sox are looking to keep their AL East lead and to further gain control of the American League.
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