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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For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.
Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game.
David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division.
They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.
Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.
Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.
Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.
Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.