BOSTON - John Smoltz earned his 199th victory, and the Atlanta Braves set a team record with 12 extra-base hits as they handed the Boston Red Sox their worst shutout loss in 17 years, 14-0, last night to split a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox did some heavy hitting of their own in the opener, crushing the Braves, 13-3, as Daisuke Matsuzaka (6-2) won his fifth straight decision and Mike Lowell hit a grand slam.
Pitching on a rainy night against the team with baseball's best record, Smoltz (6-2) allowed three hits and one walk in seven innings. He won for the first time since turning 40 years old last Tuesday.
Smoltz remained unscored upon in all 202/3 innings he's pitched at Fenway Park. He struck out seven to move into 17th place on the all-time list with 2,833, one more than Mickey Lolich.
The Red Sox lost for the third time in their last 13 games. Boston's worst previous shutout loss was 16-0 to Minnesota on May 25, 1990.
The Braves won for the second time in seven games behind a 17-hit outburst led by Kelly Johnson's double, triple and homer and five RBIs. He lined out to right in the ninth inning, missing a chance to become the second Braves player to hit for the cycle since 1910. The last one to do it was Albert Hall in 1987.
But Brian McCann's two-run double in that inning gave the Braves their 12th extra-base hit, the most they've had since them moved to Atlanta in 1966. The Milwaukee Braves had 13 extra-hits against Brooklyn in 1954.
In the first game, Boston led, 12-0, before Matsuzaka allowed three runs in the seventh.
Matsuzaka struck out six and allowed nine hits in eight innings. He didn't issue a walk for his second straight outing.
"He just moves the ball around so much," Atlanta's Jeff Francoeur said. "He's got so many pitches. Nothing seems to go straight. . . .When he got a big lead, you could see he was getting more confident."