The two-run victory allowed the Pirates to take over first place.
The Pirates scored quickly and often, getting 10 runs in the first two innings. Josh Pluth and Seth Hoetker each scored twice and Pluth ended up with three runs on the day. Hoetker started on the mound and gave up two runs in 2 1/3 innings. Cade Palma came on in relief and helped his effort by going three for four with two runs scored.
Ian Green had a pair of solo home runs and scored three times for the Pirates. Austin Lung scored twice and Colin Stanfield drove in two runs with a line drive that hit the top of the center-field fence in the top of the fifth.
Through 5 1/2 innings, the Pirates were ahead with a seemingly safe 16-6 lead. The Angels, however, came up with a huge rally in the bottom of the sixth by scoring eight runs to pull within, 16-14, behind some scrappy hitting, including Colin Fathauer, who returned to the game after suffering an injury to deliver a two-run, line-drive single.
Nolan Arotcharen and Chase Ishino scored three times each for the Angels.
Pirates 14, Red Sox 5: The Pirates used some great defensive play and solid hitting to defeat the Red Sox in the third meeting between the teams this season.
The defense came up with a big play in the first inning when Josh Pluth made an outstanding catch in center field, then threw to second base to double-up a runner. Pirates pitcher Seth Hoetker went three innings and gave up two runs. Cade Palma came in for three innings to finish and get the save.
Offensively for the Pirates, Connor O'Brien scored three times and Pluth, Colin Stanfield, Bryan Robinson and Lance Mashita all scored twice.