SCORE: Braves 6, Red Sox 3
BREAKDOWN: The Braves roughed up John Lackey for 10 hits and five runs. He allowed two home runs, to Andrelton Simmons in the third inning and a two-run shot by Dan Uggla in the fifth. Freddie Freeman doubled in a run in the first inning, and Chris Johnson knocked in the first of the Braves’ three runs in the fifth with a sacrifice fly. Mike Napoli (single), Xander Bogaerts (double), and Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in runs for the Red Sox. The Braves made two errors in the seventh, contributing to two Boston runs.
THUMBS UP: Shane Victorino had a pair of hits to lead the Sox’ offense. Dustin Pedroia smoked two more hits. Lefty Tommy Layne (1⅓ scoreless innings) continues to be impressive, having not allowed a run in eight innings this spring.
THUMBS DOWN: For the second straight outing Lackey allowed five runs, this time over 4⅔ innings. He did get up to 83 pitches. Bradley saved his day with a late single, but he’s now hitting .191. Will Middlebrooks went 0 for 3. Daniel Nava had two base-running mistakes, getting caught stealing and picked off. He also struck out twice and went 1 for 4 from the leadoff spot.
MEDICAL REPORT: Center fielder Grady Sizemore is feeling fine after his latest baseball activity. He took Saturday off, but Sunday he will begin a stretch of three straight games.
AROUND THE BASES: The Sox have won only once in their last eight games . . . Former MLB pitcher Scot Shields attended the game with his family and met up with former Angels teammate Lackey . . . Attendance was 10,186 at Champion Stadium . . . A.J. Pierzynski calls Orlando home. He lives about 10 minutes from the stadium . . . The Sox now have gone five straight games without a home run. They had hit 23 homers to lead the American League entering Saturday’s game.
NEXT GAME: The Sox play the Rays at JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. Felix Doubront is scheduled to oppose Matt Moore. The game will be on NESN and WEEI.