Recap - Wild 8th Pushes Sox Past Bucs

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

The Red Sox scored three times in the eighth inning to come from behind and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 at Fenway Park.

The win gave the Sox a sweep of the three-game series that began last week on Opening Day, following a rainout of the series finale.

Matt Barnes got the win in relief, his second of the season, with a scoreless eighth. Craig Kimbrel picked up his third save.

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The Pirates got on the board in the top of the first inning on Andrew McCutchen's first home run of the season, off starter Eduardo Rodriguez.

Boston cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second inning on a double by Marco Hernandez that drove in Mitch Moreland.

Pittsburgh added to the lead in the top of the sixth when a Christian Vazquez throwing error allowed Gregory Polanco to score.

Dustin Pedroia walked with one out in the bottom of the eighth and advanced to second on a single to center by Andrew Benintendi. (Note - the official scorer initially ruled the play an error.) Mookie Betts walked to load the bases and Hanley Ramirez (pictured) doubled to drive in a pair.

Ramirez's hit originally cleared the bases but on appeal, the umpires called Betts out at the plate.

Xander Bogaerts drove Ramirez home with the ultimate winning run with a slap single to right.

Moreland doubled again for the seventh consecutive game, breaking a record previously held by David Ortiz and Jason Varitek. Pedroia's hit streak was stopped at eight games.

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