Steve Pearce had three hits and three RBI. Rick Porcello gutted it out for five innings on the hill. The Red Sox get their 96th win, beating Atlanta 5-1 last night.

The attack mentality of the Sox turned into patience as they took nine walks for Braves pitching. The Sox had just eight hits.

Porcello needed exactly 100 pitches to get through five innings. He gave up just two hits, one run and one walk. He struck out five. Porcello is now 16-7.

The Sox improve to 96-42 and stay 8.5 games ahead of the Yankees who beat Oakland late last night on the west coast.

The Red Sox play noontime ball today. The final game in Atlanta starts at shortly after noon today and it is live on Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket.