Liriano strikes out six as Pirates tie Red Sox 2-2
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Francisco Liriano struck out six in four scoreless innings and Starling Marte had two hits in the Pirates' 2-2 tie with the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.
Marte entered the game with eight hits in his previous 15 at-bats and went 2 for 3 with a single and a double.
Pirates pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts. Liriano scattered two hits and three walks. Boston's Wade Miley struck out five and allowed two hits in five scoreless innings.
In the fifth, Boston's Rusney Castillo tripled off the right-field wall and Allen Craig's single drove him in. Pittsburgh's Corey Hart tied the score with a grounder up the middle in the sixth. Shortstop Deven Marrero fielded the ball and threw it past first baseman Daniel Nava, scoring Marte, who had singled and stolen second.
The Pirates' Gorkys Hernandez tripled with one out in the seventh inning and scored on Gustavo Nunez's bunt.
Trailing 2-1 in the ninth, Boston speedster Quintin Berry reached on a fielder's choice, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Blake Tekotte's two-out single to right field.