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  W: J. Lackey (6-3)   L: G. Floyd (0-2)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, May 28, 2014
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 36,189

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According to STATS
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Atlanta Braves at Boston Red Sox

  1. After sweeping a pair in Atlanta on Monday and Tuesday, the Red Sox come home to face the Braves for two more. This is Atlanta's first visit to Fenway Park since taking two of a three-game set from June 22 to 24, 2012.
  2. The Braves hold a 16-11 advantage over the Red Sox all-time in Boston. After going 3-12 there from August 28, 1997 to June 30, 2002, Atlanta has since gone 8-4 -- taking two of three from all four road series at Fenway since 2005.
  3. After suffering their first 10+ game losing streak since an 11-gamer in 1994, the Red Sox have won two straight. Boston is yet to win three games in a row this season, having won two consecutive games eight times.
  4. Gavin Floyd will be making his fifth start of the season looking for his first win as a Brave (0-1 with a 2.49 ERA). In eight career starts versus the Red Sox, Floyd is 7-0 with a 2.75 ERA. Among active pitchers with at least eight career starts versus the Red Sox, none can match Floyd's 7-0 record (Felix Hernandez is closest at 7-2).
  5. John Lackey is coming off of a no decision versus the Rays in which he scattered five hits over seven scoreless innings. In his only career start versus the Braves on June 6, 2005, Lackey allowed two earned runs over six innings of work in a no decision.
  6. David Ortiz has hit .320 with three career home runs (tied for the second most by any active player) against Gavin Floyd. Ortiz has gone hitless (0-for-15) in his last four home games and hasn't gone hitless in five straight home games in a season since a five-game streak to begin the 2008 campaign (April 8 to 12, 2008).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/28/2014 thru 5/29/2014


STATS Writer

(AP) -- Don't look now, but the Boston Red Sox are playing with a renewed confidence.

The Red Sox go for a third straight win over the Atlanta Braves as this home-and-home series shifts to Fenway Park on Wednesday night.

Boston (22-29) had been outscored 52-26 during a 10-game losing streak - its longest in 20 years - before sweeping a two-game set in Atlanta. The Red Sox rallied from five down to win 8-6 on Monday, then held on for a 6-3 victory Tuesday.

"To come here ... with that streak and end up getting two (wins) here is really big," Tuesday's winning pitcher Jon Lester said.

Dustin Pedroia collected three of the team's 12 hits while Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Pedroia has hit safely in all seven interleague games this year, going 11 for 30 with three doubles and five runs scored.

"More than anything, our guys are having fun playing the game," manager John Farrell said. "It was a tough 10-game stretch we came through but there's been plenty of energy kind of injected back in the dugout."

The Braves (28-23), who went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position, are 7 for 41 in such situations over their last five. Justin Upton stayed hot with three hits and Jason Heyward hit his fourth homer.

Atlanta will try to bounce back against John Lackey (5-3, 3.58 ERA), who has allowed two runs or fewer in all but one of his last six starts. The right-hander scattered five hits over seven scoreless innings in Friday's 1-0 loss at Tampa Bay.

"I felt pretty good," he told MLB's official website. "Didn't give up any runs, but their guy pitched good, too, and their bullpen behind it was good. One of those nights."

In his only appearance versus Atlanta, Lackey yielded two runs over six innings in a 4-2 road win with the Los Angeles Angels in 2005. He will be opposed by Gavin Floyd (0-1, 2.49), who has mostly pitched well since debuting earlier this month.

After missing all of April while recovering from elbow surgery, Floyd has struck out 24 and walked five in his first four starts spanning 25 1-3 innings. The right-hander surrendered two runs and seven hits over 6 2-3 innings but didn't receive a decision in Friday's 3-2 win over Colorado.

"I feel strong," Floyd said. "I feel thankful that I've been able to recover and control pitches like I have been."

Floyd went 7-0 with a 2.75 ERA in eight starts against the Red Sox from 2008-12 while with the Chicago White Sox. However, he hasn't had much success against David Ortiz, who is 8 for 25 with three homers and two doubles in their matchups.

Braves catcher Evan Gattis was a late scratch Tuesday due to a strained right wrist, leaving his status for this game unclear. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons could also be held out after exiting in the eighth with inflammation in his right ankle.

"We don't see anything that is long-term," manager Fredi Gonzalez said of both injuries.

Upton is batting .471 with four homers and 14 RBIs over the last 10 games.

The Braves, 2-8 in their last 10 on the road, play 12 of their next 14 in opposing parks. They are 5-16 against the Red Sox dating to 2005.

Updated May 28, 2014

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