ATLANTA Tim Wakefield pitched six scoreless innings to outduel Javier Vazquez, and the Boston Red Sox blanked the punchless Atlanta Braves 1-0 today.
Mark Kotsay, a former Brave, drove in the game's only run with a sixth-inning single.
Wakefield (10-3) came up with a performance worthy of the day he tied Roger Clemens' record for most career starts by a Red Sox pitcher at 382. The knuckleball was really fluttering on a sweltering day at Turner Field it was 95 degrees at first pitch and the Braves managed just three singles off the 42-year-old.
Manny Delcarmen retired all four hitters he faced, Justin Masterson got out trouble in the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon worked around a shaky ninth to complete the four-hit shutout, his 18th save in 19 chances.