The Pirates handed Kevin Correia a 5-0 lead, and it held up as Pittsburgh broke a four game losing streak to take a 7-5 victory from Boston.
Correia went five innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits with a walk and four K's.
The Bucs scored five times in the bottom of the fourth. Neil Walker reached on an error and Andrew McCutchen walked. Sizzling Lyle Overbay (.405 BA, 3 HR, 8 RBI) drove them in with a double to go up, 2-0. Correia singled with the bases loaded, and a throwing error by Red Sox catcher Jason Saltalamacchia sent the Pirates off to the races and a 5-0 lead.
The Red Sox made it 5-3 their next at bat thanks to a Walker misthrow and a pair of sac flies.
Joel Hanrahan threw a strong inning, giving up a hit and striking out a pair, but Boston pared the lead to 5-4 off Justin Thomas, who yielded a hit and walked a pair of batters in his frame of work.
The hot John Bowker (.300 BA, 3 HR, 7 RBI) gave the Bucs some breathing room with a two-run shot to up the score to 7-5, and Fernando Nieve got through the last two innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, whiffing two.
The Pirates will meet the Astros at Kissimmee tomorrow. Charlie Morton gets the start against Ryan Rowland-Smith. It's a 1:05 PM start.
-- It lasted just a week. A record crowd of 6,644 set a new McKechnie Field mark for today’s game, surpassing the March 13th standard set against the Yankees; guess there are a lotta Bosox fans with nothing to do in Florida.