Boston wins pitching duel

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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.

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