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Charlie Morton strong as Pirates blank Red Sox

Justin K. Aller

Charlie Morton pitched five scoreless innings in his return from injury as the Pirates topped the Red Sox Tuesday, 4-0.

Morton struck out six and walked two, throwing 92 pitches, then was followed by five relievers, who were dominant. Bobby LaFromboise and Jared Hughes handled the sixth and John Holdzkom the seventh (with Holdzkom picking up two strikeouts and getting a nice stop from Josh Harrison on the other out), and then Tony Watson and Mark Melancon handled the late innings. Meanwhile, the Pirates scored two in the second as Neil Walker walked and then scored on Russell Martin's home run, his 10th of the year. Starling Marte then homered in the sixth. Then in the seventh, Harrison hit an infield single, moved to second on an error, and came home on a single by Travis Snider.

The Pirates moved to 10 games above .500 with the win, and with 80 wins, they're now on the verge of their second straight winning season.