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Final: Pirates 3, Red Sox 1

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  June 24, 2011 07:15 PM

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Game over: Pirates 3, Red Sox 1

The Red Sox have now lost three straight to the Padres and Pirates. Who would have thunk it?

The Sox could muster very little against starter Paul Maholm and the Pirates bullpen held off a couple of potential rallies when the Sox had baserunners in the 7th and 8th and couldn't get it done.

Jon Lester went six innings, allowed three runs. He didn't pitch badly, but not the dominance you'd expect against the Pirates.

Joel Hanrahan got his 21st save as he retired Boston in order in the ninth.

Game time 3:10 before 39,330.

Top 8th: Pirates 3, Red Sox 1

Like we said before, anytime you expected the Red Sox to win this game, something happened. Another opportunity in the 8th went by the boards. McDonald and Drew, pinch-hitting for Cameron, reached on singles. They were moved over to scoring position on a sac bunt by Jason Varitek. But the Sox missed the boat. Marco Scutaro struck out and pinch-hitter David Ortiz grounded to shortstop. Good job by Jose Veras.

Top 7th: Pirates 3, Red Sox 1

Sox had a chance with two on and one out, but couldn't deliver again. Pinch-hitter Josh Reddick singled to right and Pedroia walked with one out. But A-Gon fouled out to the catcher and Youkilis struck out to end the inning.

Bottom 6th: Pirates 3, Red Sox 1

Ugly inning for Kevin Youkilis as Walker reached on a hard-hit low liner that Youkilis couldn't handle. He then booted Diaz' grounder. with two on nobody out, Overbay singled to right scoring the run.

Top 6th: Pirates 2, Red Sox 1

The good news is the Sox got Paul Maholm out of the game after the lefty reached his 103rd pitch. The bad news is they still trail by a run after Scutaro lined into a double-play as Varitek (single) was doubled off first base. Chris Resop replaced Maholm went went 5-1/3 innings, allowed six hits, one run, walked three, hit a batter.

Bottom 5th: Pirates 2, Red Sox 1

d'Arnaud's first major league hit - a triple to left field off Jon Lester. Not bad. It came with two outs. Lester struck out McCutcheon on a changeup to strand the runner.

Top 5th: Pirates 2, Red Sox 1

With two outs, A-Gon was hit with a pitch and Youkilis walked. But McDonald flew out deep to center.

You keep thinking, "OK, when are they going to turn on the jets and win this thing?"

Bottom 4th: Pirates 2, Red Sox 1

Lester got out of another jam - this time allowing singles to Diaz and Overbay. First and third and nobody out and the Pirates didn't score. Cedeno popped out to second base and McKenry hit into a 5-4-3 double-play.

Top 4th: Pirates 2, Red Sox 1

Lot of Red Sox fans here. Plane coming down was packed with fans going to one, two or all three of the games here. Great ballpark to watch a game.

Mike Cameron, 0-for-2 with a strikeout, is really struggling. It's obvious he's not taking to being a bench player very well. Nor does he like playing the corner outfield spot. He's starter who plays centerfield and he needs to play to be effective. That's all you can conclude.

Sox get a two-out single by Marco Scutaro, but Lester lines softly to short to end the fourth.

Bottom 3rd: Pirates 2, Red Sox 1

Pirates take the lead!

Ronny Cedeno bunted his way on for Pittsburgh's first hit. Mike Cameron goofed trying to shoestring Mike McKenry's soft liner. It got by him for a double. With runners in scoring position, Lester walked the pitcher, Maholm. Tabata's sharp grounder to third, hit the bag and bounced away from Youkilis, scoring the Pirates' first run.

Lester caught a break when rookie third baseman Chase d'Arnaud knocked into a 6-3 double-play scoring the second run. But now there were two outs. Lester hit McCutcheon off the left shoulder to create first and third.

Neil Walker ran the count to 3-2 and struck out on a high fastball.

Top 3rd: Red Sox 1, Pirates 0

Red Sox are determined to make this National League game three-hour-plus. They loaded the bases with two outs on a pair of singles by Pedroia and Gonzalez and a walk to Youkilis. McDonald, hitting fifth in this funky lineup, grounded out to third unassisted. Six straight hits for Gonzo.

Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 1, Pirates 0

Lester has retired six straight - three ground balls that inning.

Top 2nd: Red Sox 1, Pirates 0

Jason Varitek must have had his Wheaties thinking he could stretch a single to right into a double. Matt Diaz made a nice throw on the money to shortstop Ronny Cedeno to nail Varitek.

Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, Pirates 0

Strong opening inning for Jon Lester who went 3-2 to Andrew McCutcheon before striking him out.

Top 1st: Red Sox 1, Pirates 0

Kevin Youkilis' ground ball out to third base scored Jacoby Ellsbury, who led the game off with a walk against lefty Paul Maholm. An Adrian Gonzalez single to right had advanced Ellsbury to third base.

Great night here. Beautiful stadium with the bridge/water view. Good to see former Sox infielder Tim Naehring, now a Yankees scout.

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