Game over: Red Sox 6, Pirates 4
Cabrera gave up two homers in the ninth but the Sox held on.
Bottom of the 9th, Red Sox 6, Pirates 2
Jeremy Farrell, John Farrell’s son, just drilled a solo shot to center for the Pirates off Fernando Cabrera.
Top of the 9th, Red Sox 6, Pirates 1
Not much has changed. Brian Shouse pitched a scoreless inning as did Tommy Hottovy.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 6, Pirates 1
Joe Nelson continued to build his resume, pitching a perfect inning and striking out two. He has looked terrific lately.
Headed down to the clubhouse, Check back later for more.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 6, Pirates 1
Victor Martinez reached on an infield single. Pinch runner Jose Iglesias advanced to third on a double by Jeremy Hermida and scored on a sacrifice fly by Bill Hall. Beckett is done, replaced by Joe Nelson.
End of the 5th: Red Sox 5, Pirates 1
Beckett allowed a two-out single but struck out two more. I have him for 85 pitches and that could be it for him. His line:
1 earned run
2 walks (both of Lastings Milledge on 3-2 pitches)
85 pitches, 56 strikes.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 5, Pirates 1
Josh Reddick doubled (his seventh of the spring), advanced on a grounder to second by Jimenez and scored on Ellsbury’s sac fly to right.
End of the 4th: Red Sox 4, Pirates 1
The Red Sox went in order in the fourth before Beckett whiffed two more in the bottom of the inning. His line so far: 4 2 1 1 2 7. I have him for 68 pitches, 44 strikes.
End of the 3rd: Red Sox 4, Pirates 1
Beckett had retired seven straight (four by strikeouts) before Cedeno singled with two outs in the third. Milledge walked again before Jones struck out on three pitches, the last a filthy change-up.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 4, Pirates 1
Mike Cameron added to the deluge with a solo home run. He is 12 of 28 this spring with six extra-base hits and six RBI over 12 games.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 3, Pirates 1
Bill Hall lined a homer to left to lead off the inning. The Sox then went in order.
End of the 1st: Red Sox 2, Pirates 1
Iwamura led off with a double, stole third and scored on a chopper to first base by Jones. Beckett labored a bit in the inning and called Martinez to the mound at one point. But he threw 11 of his 18 pitches for strikes.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 2, Pirates 0
Jacoby Ellsbury singled up the middle and scored on a home run to left by Victor Martinez, his first of the spring. Paul Maholm struck out Mike Cameron, Mike Lowell and Jeremy Hermida otherwise.
Josh Beckett is set for 85-90 pitches today.