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BSJ Game Report: Red Sox 8, Atlanta Braves 2 – Houck notches third straight win

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All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 8-2 win over the Braves, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:



Houck keeps it going: One good start might have been a fluke. Two might be a novelty. But now that Tanner Houck has turned in three outstanding outings in his first three major league starts -- all against playoff-bound teams -- it time to really take notice. Having begun his major league career without allowing an earned run in his first 15 innings, Houck's streak ended when he surrendered a solo homer by Dansby Swanson to lead off the fifth. But that was about the only mistake he made while going six innings, giving up just three hits and striking out 10. More than he did in his first two starts, Houck relied heavily on his four-seam fastball, having noted that the Braves are an aggressive team who prefer the ball down in the zone. Beyond the execution of his game plan, for Houck, it's all about confidence. "It all comes down to how you present yourself,'' he said. "If you treat it like a bigger moment than it is, then I think you'll fall into a pattern where, 'I've got to do this, I've got to do that.' But you just have to settle down, realize I got here for a reason and my stuff's good enough and just go out there and execute.''

Vazquez finishing strong: The Red Sox catcher began the season on a hot streak, with four homers and eight RBI in his first five games. Now, as the season winds down, he's hot again. As part of the Red Sox' eight-run second, Vazquez hit a grand slam. He later added a single and a double for a three-hit night. That was in keeping with the way he's hit since earlier this month. Before Saturday, Vazquez had slashed .327/.400/.510 in his previous 12 games. "You look up at his average and there's not too many catchers who hit .280,'' said Ron Roenicke. "We know he's got power. I don't know how to rank this season, but this guy's had another offensive year.''

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