ATLANTA — Boston's bullpen needed a break, and all of the Red Sox needed a lift.
Curt Schilling delivered.
Schilling pitched a six-hitter and Doug Mirabelli broke open a close score with a grand slam to power the Red Sox to a 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night. Boston ended a four-game losing streak.
"Hopefully, tonight is the start of a real good run for us," Manager Terry Francona said.
Johnny Damon and Nomar Garciaparra each had three hits, including a homer. The Red Sox had lost seven of nine, including consecutive losses in extra innings to the New York Yankees and the Braves the previous two nights.
"Our bullpen was worn out," Schilling said. "We needed innings out of me to stay fresh."
Schilling responded with the 81st complete game of his career, and second this season.
Schilling (11-4) struck out 10 and walked one. With runners on first and third and one out in the fifth, Schilling struck out Rafael Furcal and Nick Green. He retired the last 10 batters he faced.