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Braves Top Lester, Red Sox 4-3

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Boston Red Sox''s Marco Scutaro, center, is congratulated at the dugout by Kevin Youkilis, right, after hitting a home run off in a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, March 16, 2011 in Kissimmee, Fla. The Braves won 4-3. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Boston Red Sox”s Marco Scutaro, center, is congratulated at the dugout by Kevin Youkilis, right, after hitting a home run off in a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, March 16, 2011 in Kissimmee, Fla. The Braves won 4-3. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Tommy Hanson outpitched Boston Red Sox opening day starter Jon Lester in the Atlanta Braves’ 4-3 win Wednesday.

Hanson allowed a homer by Marco Scutaro on the second pitch of the game, but the only other Boston base runner in the right-hander’s five innings came on a second-inning single by Ryan Kalish. Hanson struck out five, including the last three batters he faced to end a stretch of 10 straight outs.

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Lester, named opening day starter earlier in the day, allowed eight hits and three runs in 4 2-3 innings. He tired in the fifth inning and gave up two runs after retiring 10 of 11 batters following three straight hits to start the game. The left-hander struck out four and walked two.

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Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was 2 for 3 with an RBI.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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