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Pesky Pirates thwart Lester

PITTSBURGH — Jose Tabata and Lyle Overbay each had two hits and an RBI to lead the Pirates to a 3-1 win over the Red Sox on Friday night.

Paul Maholm beat an American League team for the first time in nearly two years by surviving 5 1/3 eventful innings. Joel Hanrahan worked a perfect the ninth to pick up his 21st save in as many chances as the Pirates (38-37) won their third straight to climb back above .500.

Boston starter Jon Lester pitched six solid innings but failed to become the AL's first 10-game winner, giving up three runs, two earned.

Adrian Gonzalez had two hits to bump his major-league-leading average to .360, but the Red Sox left 11 men on base while dropping their third straight to a National League team.

The Red Sox put runners on second and third with one out in the eighth, but reliever Jose Veras struck out Marco Scutaro then got David Ortiz to ground out to short.

Pirates 3

Red Sox 1

Pesky Pirates thwart Lester 06/25/11 [Last modified: Saturday, June 25, 2011 12:09am]

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