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.