The Red Sox have outscored their opposition by an aggregate count of 31-5 during their current four-game winning streak and will try to continue that roll against the Pirates in the first of a three-game series on Friday night at Fenway Park.
The common denominator during the streak has been outstanding starting pitching. Right-hander Wade Miller hopes to make that theme a recurring one, when he takes the ball in search of his first win since May 31.
The Red Sox and Pirates have played in the regular season once before, but never at Fenway Park. In June 2003, the Sox took two of three from the Pirates at Pittsburgh's PNC Park.
PIT: RHP Josh Fogg
4-3, 4.33 ERA in 2005
Did not face BOS in 2004
RHP Wade Miller
2-2, 5.03 ERA in 2005
1-0, 0.00 ERA vs. PIT in 2004
Player to watch
Sox shortstop Edgar Renteria is 6-for-15 lifetime against Fogg.
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"I feel great; I'm seeing the ball well. It's just one of those things. It locks in, and then you just ride that wave. You hope it stays around for three months." -- Sox first baseman Kevin Millar
Official game notes
BOS: UPN-38 (in local markets); NESN (out of market)
PIT: KDKA-1220 AM
BOS: WEEI-850 AM
David Ortiz has 22 RBIs in his last 17 games and is batting .338 during that span. ... Bill Mueller continues to feast with the bases loaded, going 7-for-11. ... Millar has hit safely in his last nine starts. ... Manny Ramirez is hitting .349 in his last 15 games.
Saturday: vs. Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. ET
Sunday: vs. Pittsburgh, 2:05 p.m. ET
Friday: at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. ET
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.