By MyFM's Jake Archer - Don't look now, but the Red Sox are hot! I know, I know, it doesn't count. Leave me alone, I like talking about winning streaks and the Sox are on a four-gamer. Yesterday, they played their first away game of the spring and toppled the Pittsburgh Pirates in a lopsided 13-2 contest.
Former New York Yankee Ivan Nova took the ball for the Pirates and pitched two innings while giving up three hits, three runs with only one of those runs being earned. In the first, Christian Vazquez plated Andrew Benintendi with a sacrifice fly to opening the scoring. In the second, with the game tied 1-1, Nova got the first two outs quickly. Boston's Deven Marrero reached base on a throwing error by third baseman David Freese and then scored when Rusney Castillo popped a homer to center. Nova finished the inning without further damage but ultimatley took the loss.
Justin Haley started for Boston and pitched two innings, giving up three hits and one run while earning the win. The one run came on a second inning homer by Pittsburgh's leftfielder Sean Rodriguez.
The Pirates would draw closer in the third when Starling Marte jumped on a Fernando Rodriguez Jr. offering for a one-out base hit, stole second and came around to score on an RBI single from Josh Bell. That would be all the offense for Pittsburgh on the day however, and things would get ugly for them quick.
After a scoreless fourth inning, the fifth spelled trouble for the Pirates. Boston scored four runs after two outs were recorded to begin the frame. The rally started with a walk to Benintendi and a single from Rafael Devers. Vazquez would reach on a throwing error by new third baseman Erich Weiss which allowed Benny Biceps to score. The Pirates pulled Felipe Rivero in favor of Johnny Hellweg at this point, and he'd allow both inherited runners to cross the plate on a Blake Swihart double. Sam Travis kept the hit parade going with an RBI double of his own, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple to end the inning with a 5-1 score.
In the sixth, Boston tacked on another run with two outs as Aneury Tavarez singled home Steve Selsky. They would go scoreless in the seventh but come right back for a run in the eighth. Selsky scored again when Esteban Quiroz was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Finally, Boston would go to the ninth inning...and score four more runs. Cole Sturgeon smacked a three-run homer and Chad De La Guerra followed that right up with a solo shot.
The Sox moved to 4-0 in the Grapefruit League and are now in the first game of a doubleheader today. They currently trail the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 at the end of the third inning and they'll travel across Fort Myers to face the Twins tonight at 6:05.