Series: Game 3 of 3

Atlanta won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, June 14
Boston 1Final
Atlanta 2
Game 2: Saturday, June 15
Boston 2Final
Atlanta 4
Game 3: Sunday, June 16
Boston 6Final
Atlanta 1

Red Sox 6

(43-23, 26-8 away)

Braves 1

(41-28, 21-14 home)

    1:05 PM ET, June 16, 2002

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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    W: D. Lowe (11-2)

    L: T. Glavine (11-3)

    Not an 'ace'? Lowe's play suggesting otherwise

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Derek Lowe claims he's just a No. 3 starter, but his record suggests otherwise.

    Derek Lowe

    Boston's Derek Lowe struck out a career-high 10 batters on Sunday.

    Lowe outpitched Tom Glavine and became the first AL pitcher to win 11 games, helping the Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 6-1 on Sunday.

    Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon homered for the Red Sox, who avoided being swept in the battle of division leaders. Pedro Martinez and John Burkett, Boston's top two starters, lost the first two games of the series, and both have lost back-to-back starts.

    "I'm not the ace, I'll tell you that right now,'' Lowe said. "This is only 2½ months. To be considered an ace, you've got to do this for years. I'm the third guy in line, and I just try to win games.''

    It was just the second loss in 12 games for the Braves.

    Lowe (11-2) allowed seven hits in seven innings, including four which didn't leave the infield. He got out of a two-on, one-out jam in the sixth by striking out Chipper and Andruw Jones, and retired three straight in the seventh after giving up back-to-back singles to lead off the inning.

    Lowe struck out a career-high 10 and hit one batter. He also got his first career hit, a third-inning single up the middle off Glavine (11-3).

    "It was neat to be able to help the team out and help yourself out, too, because we ended up scoring a couple of runs that inning,'' Lowe said. "That's the beauty of interleague play. You look either real good or real bad.''

    The matchup with Glavine was only the second meeting of ERA leaders; the other was June 26, 1998, when Al Leiter of the Mets faced Hideki Irabu of the Yankees.

    But Glavine didn't last long, leaving after the fifth in his shortest outing of the season. He gave up seven hits and five runs -- three earned -- including Nixon's solo homer leading off the third. It was just the sixth home run off Glavine this season, the second to a left-handed batter.

    "I wasn't locating my fastball real good, and my changeup was just kind of so-so,'' Glavine said. "When I made mistakes, they hit them, and that was kind of the way the game went.''

    Nixon entered the game in a 13-for-86 slump, but went 1-for-2 with two walks and two RBI.

    "I felt relaxed,'' he said. "When you're relaxed, you have a tendency to see the ball a lot longer. I've got to keep doing this, and sooner or later I'll break out of the slump.''

    Boston nearly knocked Glavine out in the fourth. Nomar Garciaparra started a three-run rally with a one-out single, Varitek was hit by a pitch and Jose Offerman walked to load the bases. Nixon hit a sharp grounder that scooted past second baseman Keith Lockhart for an error, allowing Garciaparra and Varitek to score.

    Lou Merloni followed with a single to score Offerman.

    After Nixon's homer off Glavine in the third, Merloni singled, moved to third on Lowe's hit then scored an out later on a fielder's choice. Varitek added a solo shot in the sixth off Darren Holmes.

    The Braves scored their run in the third, when Franco singled to drive in Lockhart.

    "Lowe was pretty tough,'' Atlanta right fielder Gary Sheffield said. "His motion kind of throws you off. He hides the ball really well.''

    Game notes

    Atlanta SS Rafael Furcal left the game after getting hit in the elbow by a pitch from Lowe in the third inning. X-rays were negative, and the Braves said he was day-to-day. ... Braves RHP Albie Lopez pitched a scoreless seventh, just his eighth relief appearance since May 5. ... Boston LF Ricky Henderson saw his first action of the series and went 0-for-4 before he was replaced by Bryant Nelson.

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