SCORE: Red Sox 16, Pirates 6
BREAKDOWN: After falling behind, 3-1, in the second inning, the Sox roared back, sending 10 batters to the plate in the third inning and scoring four runs. Then they scored five runs in the fourth inning. Eight Pittsburgh pitchers allowed 14 hits and 15 walks. “We were seeing guys stay with a consistent approach regardless of what the linescore says,” manager John Farrell said. “It’s still staying with the process, and we maintained that.”
THUMBS UP: Jackie Bradley Jr. was 3 for 5 with a stolen base and scored three runs. Drew Sutton drew four walks and scored two runs. Lyle Overbay twice walked with the bases loaded. Juan Carlos Linares was 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Jose Iglesias also drove in two runs.
THUMBS DOWN: Starter John Lackey gave up a three-run homer in the second inning to Jared Goedert. Lefty Chris Hernandez, who is targeted for the Triple A Pawtucket rotation, allowed a two-run homer by Felix Pie in the fifth inning.
MEDICAL REPORT: Jonny Gomes needed three stitches in his left knee after banging into a fence Wednesday trying to bring back a home run.
AROUND THE BASES: The Pirates were about as bad as it gets. Shortstop Josh Harrison committed two throwing errors that gave the Red Sox runs. They also had a passed ball and a wild pitch along with the 15 walks . . . The Red Sox had 18 players make at least one plate appearance. All but two reached base by hit or walk and 10 had at least one RBI . . . David Ross threw out Jose Tabata trying to steal second base in the first inning. Ross’s defensive reputation is well-founded based on his work in camp.
NEXT GAME: Friday against Pittsburgh at JetBlue Park, 7:05 p.m. Jon Lester is scheduled to start. NESN has the game.
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