Bucs sink Sox in front of record crowd

Final: Pirates 6, Red Sox 4

WP: Jeff Karstens (5-4)

LP: Tim Wakefield (4-3)

SV: Joel Hanrahan (22)

39,483 were on hand tonight as the Pirates set a PNC Park record for attendance. The Bucs gave them a show, too, as they won their 4th game in a row, and 2nd straight against the AL’s best team.

Jeff Karstens, as usual, did what he does. He was excellent through 6 innings while giving up just 2 ER. Clint Hurdle put hiim back out in the 7th inning and he gave up 2 solo homers and 2 outs before Daniel Moskos would close out the 7th by getting Adrian Gonzalez to fly out with a runner on 2nd.

The Pirates took the lead in the 4th inning and never surrendered it. Lyle Overbay must have read my post earlier in the day and launched a 3-run homer to put the Pirates up 3-2. Jeff Karstens would then single in Ronny Cedeno later in the inning to give the Pirates a 4-2 lead.

The Bucs would tack on another in the 5th when Andrew McCutchen hit a ground ball that went right through Dustin Pedroia’s legs to score Chase d’Arnaud to make it 5-2. In a 5-4 game in the 7th, Garrett Jones would add on some insurance with a solo homer and Joel Hanrahan would close it out for his 22nd straight save this year.

The win puts them at 39-37 and a game back of St. Louis for 2nd place in the NL Central. They remain 3 games back of Milwaukee. They’ll go for what would be an incredible sweep of the Red Sox tomorrow afternoon. James McDonald will take the mound against Andrew Miller at 1:35 PM. Bring out your brooms!