Game 51 preview: Red Sox at Braves

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (21-29)BRAVES (28-22)
Holt 3BHeyward RF
Bogaerts SSB. Upton CF
Pedroia 2BFreeman 1B
Ortiz 1BJ. Upton LF
Gomes RFGattis C
Sizemore LFJohnson 3B
Ross CSimmons SS
Bradley Jr. CFPastornicky 2B
Lester PHarang P
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (4-6, 3.36).Pitching: RHP Aaron Harang (4-4, 3.32).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.



Red Sox vs. Harang: Sizemore 9-22, Herrera 5-16, Pierzynski 2-10, Ross 4-12, Ortiz 5-9, Pedroia 0-5, Nava 1-2, Carp 0-1, Gomes 1-1, Holt 0-2.

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Braves vs. Lester: B.J. Upton 13-61, Laird 3-14, Uggla 2-8, Doumit 3-6, Freeman 1-3, Heyward 3-3, Simmons 1-2, Upton 1-2.

Stat of the Day: Lester won his first major league game at Turner Field on June 16, 2006. He held the Braves to one run on five hits over six innings with three walks and five strikeouts. This is his first time back on the mound there since.

Notes: The Red Sox snapped their 10-game losing streak on Monday. They have lost 11 of their last 13. … The Sox are 26-28 against the Braves but have won 16 of the last 22. They are 16-12 at Atlanta. … The teams start a two-game series at Fenway on Wednesday. … Lester is coming off a rough start against the Blue Jays (6.1 IP, 10 H, 7 ER). The Sox are 4-6 in his starts this season. Lester is 13-6, 3.03 in 26 interleague starts. … Harang is 2-2, 5.64 in four career starts against the Sox. He faced them last July 10 while with the Mariners and allowed seven runs over five innings. … The Braves are 10-19 when opponents score first. … Brock Holt has hit safely in seven straight games and 13 of the 16 he has played this season. … Koji Uehara has not allowed a run in nine consecutive appearances (9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 K). … The Red Sox are 5-12 in one-run games, but 6-2 in two-run games.


Song of the Day: “Lightning Strikes (Not Once But Twice)” by The Clash.

Peter Abraham can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @peteabe.
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