Braves finish sweep of Sox


Published: Monday, July 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 1, 2002 at 12:00 a.m.
BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox couldn't wait to see interleague play end. The Atlanta Braves are sorry to see it go.
Keith Lockhart doubled in the game-winner during a four-run 10th inning as the Braves beat Boston 7-3 Sunday to sweep the Red Sox and win for the 10th time in 11 games.
For the year, Atlanta went 15-3 in interleague play and Boston went 5-13.
"Those teams really stuck it to us," said Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon, whose team lost for the seventh time in eight games. "They have our respect. Good thing they're gone."
Atlanta led 3-0 before Brian Daubach, Trot Nixon and Nomar Garciaparra hit solo homers to tie it.
Darren Bragg singled with one out in the 10th - his third hit of the day - and one out later Lockhart fouled off three pitches with two strikes before looping one down the right-field line to give Atlanta the lead.
"It was a big hit," Lockhart said. "It put us ahead and the guys followed behind us. that was certainly enough for this bullpen."
Rafael Furcal made it 5-3 with a single on the 52nd pitch of the day from Ugueth Urbina (0-3), who is usually a one-inning closer. Willie Banks allowed singles to Julio Franco and Gary Sheffield before Chipper Jones reached and Franco scored when Banks botched a throw to first.
Urbina pitched 1 2-3 innings, allowing three earned runs, three hits and two walks.
Mike Remlinger (5-0) earned the victory with two strikeouts in one inning. The Braves won their 11th consecutive series and improved to 12-3 in the interleague era in Boston, the franchise's home for its first five decades before it moved to Milwaukee and then Atlanta.
"We're starting to score some runs," Garciaparra said. "I'm glad interleague is gone. Not that it's the reason. We've still got to look among ourselves."
Javy Lopez hit a solo homer in the fifth for the Braves.
In the sixth, Sheffield doubled, moved up on Chipper Jones' fly ball and scored to make it 2-0 on Andruw Jones' sacrifice fly. Vinny Castilla doubled and scored on Bragg's single.
Jason Marquis gave up four hits, a walk and a hit batter in 6 innings, striking out three. He had allowed just two hits until the seventh, when Daubach and Nixon homered to cut a three-run lead to 3-2.
Chris Hammond came on and struck out pinch-hitter Tony Clark to end the inning. But in the eighth, Garciaparra homered off Kevin Gryboski just to the right of the yellow line denoting a home run, making it 3-3 and saving Frank Castillo from the loss.
Castillo gave up three runs, eight hits, three walks and a hit batter in six-plus innings. He struck out three.
Castillo was suspended for five games for stomping on umpire Bill Welke's foot on June 19 but is allowed to pitch pending an appeal. He could drop his appeal without missing a beat: because of a doubleheader on Tuesday, the Red Sox will play five games in four days, allowing Castillo to make his scheduled start on Friday night.

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