Red Sox finally prevail over Pirates, 4-2

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Red Sox finally prevail over Pirates, 4-2

By Maureen Mullen
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PITTSBURGH The Red Sox avoided a sweep, salvaging the finale of their three-gamer series with the Pirates, 4-2, Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.

Andrew Miller earned the win, his first in his second start with the Sox, going six innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts and a hit batter. Millers record is now 1-0 with a 3.09 ERA.

James McDonald Darnells cousin started for the Pirates but was not involved in the decision. He went six innings, giving up two runs (none earned) on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Tim Wood took the loss for the Pirates, facing one batter in the seventh, Marco Scutaro, who walked and eventually scored the go-ahead run.

The Sox scored two runs in the seventh without a hit. Sending seven batters to the plate, they had three walks (one intentional), a sacrifice bunt combined with an error, and a sacrifice fly.

Jonathan Papelbon earned his 14th save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

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Jackie Bradley Jr. explains why he wouldn't skip White House visit

Jackie Bradley Jr. explains why he wouldn't skip White House visit

Jackie Bradley Jr. will likely have a spotless attendance record for White House trips.

The Boston Red Sox outfielder began discussing those championship trips to meet the president after Red Sox chairman Tom Werner referenced the New England Patriots' Super Bowl win at a team get-together on Friday morning.

“If my team is going, yes, I’m going,” Bradley Jr. told WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, adding later, “I don’t like politics, not even a little bit.”

The Patriots so far have six players who have openly stated they will not attend New England's White House trip to meet President Donald Trump. Team leaders like Dont'a Hightower and Devin McCourty are among those unwilling to attend.

For Bradley, the White House trip is not about making a political statement.

“The reason why we’re going there is because we did something together as a team. The White House is cool,” he said. “I’m with my team."

The 26-year-old outfielder has twice attended the championship trip to the nation's capital. In college, he went with the South Carolina Gamecocks after they won the College World Series. He later attended with the Red Sox in 2013. Bradley Jr. said he enjoyed attending the White House to meet Barack Obama, but added he wasn't concerned with which president was hosting the event.

He said: “How many people can say they’ve been to the White House? That alone. There is a lot history there, and I’m a big fan of architecture. I think the whole thing is unique.”

Dombrowski: There's a lot of talent on this Red Sox team

Dombrowski: There's a lot of talent on this Red Sox team

Trenni Kusnierek talks with Dave Dombrowski about the Red Sox clubhouse and their expectations for the 2017 season.