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.
Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.
Terms of the deals were not announced.
It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.
Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020.
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration.
Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.