Sep 18, 2014 10:52 PM

Pittsburgh Pirates finish off sweep of Boston Red Sox

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Pirates got a lucky break when Boston pinch-runner Jemile Weeks was hit by a batted ball in the ninth inning, beating the Red Sox 3-2 on Thursday night to keep pace in the NL pennant race. The Pirates won their fourth in a row. They began the day 21?2 games ahead of Milwaukee for the second wild-card spot. Down 3-2, the Red Sox put runners at the corners with no outs in the ninth against Mark Melancon. Will Middlebrooks then hit a chopper down the line and ball struck the back of Weeks’ left leg as he made a dive back to third. Weeks was called out, and Melancon retired the last two batters for his 30th save in 34 opportunities. Gerrit Cole (10-5) allowed two runs in seven-plus innings, striking out seven and walking none.


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