BOSTON (AP) -- Will Middlebrooks had a solo homer among his three
hits and drove in two runs, Franklin Morales gave Boston another
decent start in place of Josh Beckett and the Red Sox beat the
Atlanta Braves 8-4 on Saturday night.
Dustin Pedroia added three hits, a walk and had two RBIs for
Boston, which won for the eighth time in 10 games to ensure a
winning interleague record for the eighth straight season. The Red
Sox improved to 10-7 against NL opponents.
Morales (1-1) gave up three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits,
striking out eight and walking one. He fanned a career-best nine in
five innings last Sunday night against the Chicago Cubs, when he
took Beckett's turn in the rotation after the right-hander was
placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation.
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