Boston Red Sox defeat Atlanta Braves, 1-0

ATLANTA - When they have needed him - the day after Daisuke Matsuzaka’s disastrous start in Oakland, in a duel against Cliff Lee in Cleveland - Tim Wakefield has been there for the Red Sox.

And it was no different yesterday, an oven-like heat bearing down on him in Atlanta, as the Sox needed every one of his 88 pitches.

It has been this way for years, though there have been bad games and missteps and injuries along the way, of course. For so long that, after 15 years wi...