Boston got out to another early lead when Dustin Pedroia walked in the first, stole second, advanced to third on the errant throw from catcher Mike McKenry, and then was knocked in on a ground out by Adrian Gonzalez. Gonzalez would pick up his second RBI of the day by blasting an opposite field homer in the third, giving the Sox a 2-0 lead.
Tim Wakefield, meanwhile had breezed through the first three innings of the game. As is often the case with the knuckleball, though, things changed at the tip of a hat. Andrew McCutchen started the rally with a one-out infield single to Kevin Youkilis. Up stepped Lyle Overbay with two on and two out. Wakefield fell behind early, but battled back to bring the count full. The sixth pitch, however, was disastrous, as Overbay launched a no-doubter to put the Pirates up 3-2.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Ronny Cedeno followed up with a double, and was brought around on an RBI single from the pitcher, Jeff Karstens.
The Sox are in bad shape halfway through the game that could prove to be their fourth straight loss.