Boston Red Sox defeat Atlanta Braves, 4-1

ATLANTA -- The Red Sox needed something galvanizing last night, preferably someone, preferably a pitcher.

The club landed here at about 4 a.m. yesterday and, upon convening at the park at 4 p.m., learned that Matt Clement's exhausted arm and shoulder would be absent for at least 15 days, the righthander joining Keith Foulke and David Wells on the disabled list.

This is where quiet Jon Lester stepped into the vacuum and cleaned up what had been an ugly production the pre...