Sexy Lips was dynamite (7-3-0-1-4, 97) retiring the first 10 Atlanta hitters and allowing only one runner to reach third base. Joel Pineiro and Mike Timlin wrapped things up.
Memo to Terry Francona: Using Timlin with an 11-run lead is perfect usage. Please bear in mind that while he retired the side on only six pitches, that does not mean he's in a groove.
The Red Sox hit five home runs: Drew, Crisp, Ortiz, Manny (leading off the 7th) and Eric Hinske (in the eighth after subbing for Tiz at first base). Pedroia doubled twice and Wily Mo Pena, who took over in right for Drew, collected two hits.
Buddy Carlyle (4.44, 93 ERA+) / Julian Tavarez (4.97, 91 ERA+)
Carlyle has provided at least six solid innings in each of his past three starts to seemingly solidify a spot in the Braves' rotation. The 29-year-old journeyman allowed three runs -- two earned -- and six singles over six innings against the Indians on Friday night. ... Carlyle has shown a willingness to attack hitters with pinpoint control, something that negates the fact that he doesn't have overpowering stuff.