Wednesday's Red Sox-Braves matchups: John Lackey vs. Gavin Floyd

May 28, 2014 - 7:38 am
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The Red Sox take their home-and-home series with the Braves to Fenway Park on Wednesday when John Lackey opposes Gavin Floyd. Lackey (5-3, 3.58 ERA) bounced back from an ugly outing against the Tigers with seven scoreless innings against the Rays on Friday. But even that wasn't enough to lift the struggling Red Sox. The right-hander took a no-decision in Boston's 1-0 loss at Tampa Bay, giving up five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in his second scoreless start of the season. Lackey has put together five quality starts in his last six outings and has a 3.20 ERA in May. "I felt pretty good," Lackey said after the game. "Didn't give up any runs, but their guy pitched good, too, and their bullpen behind it was good. One of those nights." Lackey's one career start against the Braves dates back to June 6, 2005, when he was a 26-year-old pitcher for the Angels. He allowed two runs on seven hits in a no-decision that night. Lackey has faced just five members of the current Braves lineup, with relative success against all of them. The most potent Atlanta hitter against Lackey is B.J. Upton, but even he's batting just .207 in 30 career plate appearances. Floyd (0-1, 2.49 ERA) has been impressive for the Braves in his four starts since returning from Tommy John surgery. He'€™s struck out 24 batters and walked just five in 25 1/3 innings since his return and appears to be at full form after throwing 102 pitches against the Rockies in his last start on Friday. The right-hander gave up two runs on seven hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings in a 3-2 Braves win. Atlanta is 3-1 in his four outings this season. "I feel strong," Floyd said after his last game. "I feel thankful that I've been able to recover and control pitches like I have been.'€ Floyd is 7-0 with a 3.21 ERA in nine career games against the Red Sox, but he hasn't faced Boston since April 29, 2012, when he was a member of the White Sox. Floyd dominated the Sox that night, allowing one run on three hits with one walk and nine strikeouts in Chicago'€™s 4-1 win. The 31-year-old has only opposed six current Sox hitters, including David Ortiz, who is hitting .320 with three home runs and three RBIs in 26 career plate appearances. Dustin Pedroia (.250 batting average) and Grady Sizemore (.227) each have 24 plate appearances against Floyd. Braves vs. Lackey (RHP) Gerald Laird (32 plate appearances): .100 AVG/.156 OBP/.100 SLG, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 13 strikeouts B.J. Upton (30): .207/.233/.448, 2 HR, 1 double, 5 RBIs, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts Ramiro Pena (6): .167/.167/.167, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout Justin Upton (6): .000/.500/.000, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts Ryan Doumit (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI Red Sox vs. Floyd (RHP) David Ortiz (26 appearances): .320 AVG/.346 OBP/.760 SLG, 3 HR, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (24): .250/.250/.292, 1 double, 1 strikeout Grady Sizemore (24): .227/.292/.273, 1 double, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts Mike Carp (6): .400/.500/.600, 1 double Jonny Gomes (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Daniel Nava (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 strikeout

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