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August 5, 2013

Doubront strong again; Red Sox beat D-Backs 4-0

BOSTON — Felix Doubront knows he’s been consistent on the mound so he’s not about to change a thing on his off days.

Doubront pitched seven shutout innings to continue his run of strong starts and Jacoby Ellsbury drove in two runs to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 4-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Doubront (8-5) gave up five singles, struck out five, didn’t walk a batter and allowed just one runner to reach second base in holding an opponent to three runs or fewer for the 15th straight start. It’s the most by a Red Sox left-hander since at least 1920.

“Being consistent in my five-day routines and just taking my plan for my next outing, that’s the most important one to me,” he said. “We’re working on that every fifth day.”

The 25-year old left-hander’s current string of three-run or fewer games is the best since by a Boston pitcher since Tim Wakefield went 17 straight in 1995.

“Felix, he quickly got back into a number of counts,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “First pitch strikes were a little elusive, but he was able to go to a breaking ball or a changeup to get the timing back in his delivery. Just a workmanlike seven shutout innings.”

It was Boston’s seventh win in nine games, completing a 5-2 homestand. The AL East leaders play 16 of the next 19 away from Fenway Park, beginning Monday night in Houston.

Koji Uehara, the third Boston reliever, closed out the combined eight-hitter.

Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy (2-5), activated before the game after being on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation since May 31, gave up two runs on five hits in 4 1-3 innings.

Cody Ross and Martin Prado each had two singles for Arizona, which lost for the sixth time in eight games.

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