04/03/2004 3:59 PM ET
Braves blank Red Sox, 5-0
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- Marcus Giles added to Keith Foulke's spring misery and helped the Braves claim a 5-0 win over the Red Sox in a mutual exhibition-season finale at Turner Field on Saturday afternoon.
Giles, who had his four wisdom teeth removed on Tuesday, drilled a 3-2 Foulke delivery over the left-field wall to account for the game's first run in the fourth inning. The Braves' All-Star second baseman hit .371 (13-for-35) with three homers this spring.
Foulke, on the other hand, had a spring he'd like to forget. The Red Sox closer allowed the Braves two earned runs in just 1/3 of an inning and finished the exhibition season with a 15.00 ERA in nine innings.
After allowing a Chipper Jones single, Foulke was replaced by Lenny DiNardo, who allowed the Braves to tally another run in the fourth, courtesy of an Andruw Jones RBI double.
Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield allowed just one hit in three scoreless innings. His effort was matched by his counterpart, John Thomson, who limited Boston to three hits in three scoreless innings.
Braves left fielder Damon Hollins enjoyed a productive seventh inning. He crashed into the outfield wall to grab a long Andy Dominique drive in the top half of the inning and contributed a two-run double down the third-base line in the bottom half.
The Red Sox, who finished the spring with a 17-12 record, will open their regular season schedule on Sunday night in Baltimore. Meanwhile, the Braves, who went 14-17 during the exhibition season, won't begin their season until Tuesday against the Mets in Atlanta.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.