Julian Tavarez continues to give the Red Sox everything they could ask out of a fifth starter. All the rubber-armed righty does is keep the Sox in just about every game he pitches.
Lately, he's been even better than that. Tavarez has allowed three earned runs or fewer in six of his last eight starts.
Tavarez downed the Giants in his last start, giving up two runs over seven innings. He will try to get the Red Sox a victory in the rubber match of this three-game Interleague series on Wednesday.
Mike Lowell and Julio Lugo, both of whom were rested on Tuesday, will be back in the lineup for the finale. Kevin Youkilis is expected to take the night off, while David Ortiz plays first base.
This is the final meeting between the Red Sox and Braves this season. The Red Sox are 3-2, thus far.
BOS: RHP Julian Tavarez (4-4, 4.97 ERA)
Tavarez held his own against an accomplished foe on Friday night at Fenway, holding the Giants to two runs and six hits while beating Barry Zito. Tavarez changed speeds and kept the ball down after allowing both runs to score in the first inning.
ATL: RHP Buddy Carlyle (1-1, 4.44 ERA)
Carlyle has provided at least six solid innings in each of his past three starts to seemingly solidify a spot in the Braves' rotation. The 29-year-old journeyman allowed three runs -- two earned -- and six singles over six innings against the Indians on Friday night. The Braves have won each of the past three games that he has started. Carlyle has shown a willingness to attack hitters with pinpoint control, something that negates the fact that he doesn't have overpowering stuff.
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Braves star Chipper Jones is 9-for-14 lifetime against Tavarez with a homer and eight RBIs.
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Friday: Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka, 8-5, 4.18) at Padres (Chris Young, 6-3, 2.26), 10:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Red Sox (Tim Wakefield, 7-7, 4.18) at Padres (Greg Maddux, 6-3, 3.90), 10:05 p.m. ET
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.