Freeman leads Braves to 6-3 win over Red Sox

Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman hits a an RBI double in the third inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Freddie Freeman was 4 for 4, Andrelton Simmons and Dan Uggla each homered and the Atlanta Braves beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday.

Freeman followed an RBI double in the first inning with three straight singles as he raised his average for the spring to .356.

Freeman hit .319 with 109 RBIs last season and recently signed an eight-year $135 million contract.

“I don’t know if I can ask him for more,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “That was a pretty darn good season he had last year. . If he can keep duplicating it year after year, that contract is going to be cheap.”

Alex Wood allowed one run and six hits over six innings while striking out four. It was the first earned run the left-hander has allowed in 20 innings this spring.

Uggla’s homer was a two-run drive in the fifth inning and Red Sox starter John Lackey was relieved one batter later after allowing five runs and 10 hits. Lackey struck out six.

Uggla, who slumped to .179 last season, leads the Braves this spring with four homers and 12 RBIs. He is batting .262.

Minor leaguer Derrick Mitchell added a sacrifice fly for Atlanta.

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