Final: Pirates 7, Red Sox 4

Good evening from JetBlue Park, where it’s raining a bit but they’re ready to play. It’ll be Clay Buchholz on the mound.

The Red Sox called up minor league righthanders Billy Buckner, Jeremy Kehrt, Eammon Portice and Pete Ruiz for the game.

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Middle of the 1st: Pirates 1, Red Sox 0: Barmes singled with one out and took third on a single that McCutchen slammed into right center. When Jones grounded to second, Pedroia swiped at McCutchen and missed him. He threw out Jones as Barmes scored. Evans flied to center to end the inning.


Top of the 2nd: Pirates 1, Red Sox 0: Youkilis singled with one out, a pop-up that landed in no-man’s land behind first base. Pedroia then fouled out before Ortiz grounded into the shift.

Middle of the 2nd: Pirates 1, Phillies 0: Quick inning for Buchholz who got a groundout, a strikeout and a fly ball on 12 pitches.

Top of the 3rd: Pirates 1, Red Sox 0: Ross popped up on the infield with one out. The Pirates played a little Ring Around The Rosie and watched the ball drop in. Shoppach was then hit by a pitch. Lars Anderson struck out and Ross was thrown out trying to steal third to end the inning.

Middle of the 3rd: Pirates 2, Red Sox 0: Mercer was hit by a pitch. With two outs, McCutchen hit a majestic shot that rattled off the facing of the top of the faux Green Monster in left. McCutchen jogged into second with an RBI double.

Chris Resop coming in to pitch for the Pirates.

Top of the 4th: Pirates 2, Red Sox 0: Three well-hit balls for the Red Sox, all for outs. Kroeger and Aviles lined to center and Youkilis to right.

Buchholz is done. His line: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP. 51 pitches, 34 strikes.


Vicente Padilla coming on.

Middle of the 4th: Pirates 2, Red Sox 0: Padilla was helped by two nice defensive plays. Youkilis snapped up a hot shot by Alvarez on the backhand and made a strong throw to first. Pedroia then went behind the mound to make a play on Boggs. He flipped the ball across his body for the third out.

Tony Watson now pitching for the Pirates. I’m calling a home run this inning by somebody.

Top of the 5th: Pirates 2, Red Sox 1: Yep, Ortiz went deep off the lefty. A rocket to right field. That’s a good sign for Big Papi.

Middle of the 5th: Pirates 6, Red Sox 1: Padilla did not help his cause there. Fryer singled before Mercer grounded out. Tabata (RBI double), Barmes (RBI double), McCutchen (RBI double lined off the wall) and Jones (RBI single) accounted for four runs. Evans then grounded into a double play.

Top of the 6th: Pirates 6, Red Sox 2: Kroeger doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Aviles.

Inman coming in for the Sox. Padilla went two innings, giving up four runs.

Middle of the 6th: Pirates 7, Red Sox 2: Tabata had another RBI double. The Pirates have 10 hits.

Top of the 7th: Pirates 7, Red Sox 3: Dustin Pedroia got dusted by Ryota Igarashi, got up and lined a single to left. Punch runner Pedro Ciriaco later scored on a two-out single by Cody Ross.

Both teams have subbed out their starters. Ryan Lavarnway, Darnell McDonald and Will Middlebrooks among those in the game for the Sox.


Top of the 8th: Pirates 7, Red Sox 4: Darnell McDonald cleared everything in left for his first homer of the spring. Mike Bowden on the mound now.

Top of the 9th: Pirates 7, Red Sox 4: Status quo here at the ballpark.\

Game over: The Sox fall to 3-2-1 this spring.

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