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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Boston4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 550
Pittsburgh0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 341
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  W: N. Pivetta (9-9)   L: M. Keller (4-9)   S: M. Barnes (3)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, August 16, 2022
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 19,387

Red Sox visit Pirates in break from AL East-heavy schedule

According to STATS
According to STATS

Boston Red Sox at Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. The Red Sox are 8-7 all-time in their 15 regular season games against the Pirates including a three-game sweep in their last series in 2017 at Fenway Park. The home team in these matchups have won 11 of the 15 games in the series all-time.
  2. Nick Pivetta is winless in his last eight starts with a 7.24 ERA and .327 opponent batting average in these appearances. This is his longest consecutive start streak without a win since joining the Red Sox in 2020.
  3. Rafael Devers hit his 25th home run on Sunday, giving him three career seasons with 25+ HR. He is the fourth player in team history with three such seasons before turning 26 (based on age at end of season), joining Jim Rice, Tony Conigliaro and Ted Williams.
  4. The Pirates went 2-8 in their 10-game road trip, falling to 25 games under .500 prior to August 15th for the second straight season. It is the first time they have done that in consecutive years since a four-year streak between 1952 and 1955.
  5. Bryan Reynolds scored three runs and drove in five on Sunday, becoming the second player this year with multiple three-run, five-RBI games (Matt Carpenter). He is the third Pirate since 1960 with multiple such games in a season (Aramis Ramirez -- 2001, Josh Bell -- 2009).
  6. Mitch Keller holds a 2.23 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in last six starts dating back to July 11. His ERA and WHIP in his last 6 are both career bests over any six appearances in his career.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/16/2022 thru 8/18/2022

A rare break from playing an American League East Division opponent is on tap for the Boston Red Sox this week.

After clinching a three-game series against the rival New York Yankees with Sunday's 3-0 shutout win at Fenway Park, the Red Sox will hit the road to start a set with the Pittsburgh Pirates beginning Tuesday night.

Boston's weekend series started a season-ending stretch during which 34 of its final 49 games are against divisional opponents. Following Pittsburgh, the Red Sox will face Baltimore for three games, including Sunday's Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pa.

"We're starting to click," said recently acquired outfielder Tommy Pham, who has helped the Red Sox win three of their past four following a four-game losing streak. Sunday marked Pham's ninth three-hit game of the season.

"We're getting some guys back, so we're getting a little bit more confident," Pham added.

One of those recent returnees is Michael Wacha, whose seven shutout innings on Sunday came in his first outing since June 28 (right shoulder inflammation). Boston starters have pitched at least five innings and allowed three or fewer runs in five consecutive games.

Nick Pivetta (8-9, 4.51 ERA) will look to continue Boston's strong run when he starts against Pittsburgh for just the third time in his career. He allowed just three earned runs across nine innings in a pair of 2018 outings.

Most recently, Pivetta worked six innings of three-run ball last Wednesday against Atlanta in his 23rd start of the season. He leads the Red Sox in innings pitched (129 2/3) and strikeouts (124).

Good starting pitching will make all the difference as Boston looks to shrink its 4 1/2-game deficit in the wild-card standings. Anything is possible in manager Alex Cora's mind.

"I think math-wise, obviously it looks challenging," Cora said. "But I still believe that we're going to have one of those big runs. We're going to pitch; we're going to play good defense."

Also, Enrique Hernandez could return to center field this week after dealing with a right hip flexor strain since early June.

The Pirates have lost four straight games and eight of 10 after being swept in San Francisco over the weekend.

In Sunday's 8-7 loss, they came back from a five-run deficit only to fall on Thairo Estrada's two-run, walk-off homer. Bryan Reynolds doubled and homered during a 3-for-4, five-RBI effort.

"We took the lead twice and we just didn't finish it," manager Derek Shelton said. "... We just have to get home and play better when we get home. We had some opportunities throughout this whole trip that we did not execute on, and we have to execute better."

No MLB team has played in more games decided by two runs or fewer than Pittsburgh. Sunday was the 70th in 115 games.

Mitch Keller (4-8, 4.25) is set for his first career start against the Red Sox. He was a winner last Wednesday after limiting Arizona to three runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Despite allowing no more than three runs in any of his past six starts, Keller hadn't won since July 11 prior to last week.

"I think his mindset is in a situation where every time he goes out, he expects really good things to happen," Shelton said recently. "If it does go off track a little bit, he has worked to get to the point where mentally he is able to get himself back on track."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 15, 2022


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