Wade Miley's start Sunday was the third straight quality start for a Red Sox starting pitcher. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Despite loss, Wade Miley's performance 'something good to build off of'

Ryan Hannable
May 02, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Although the Red Sox fell to the Yankees 4-2 Saturday afternoon, it was another sign the Red Sox' rotation may be turning a corner. Wade Miley, who entered with a 8.62 ERA, went seven innings and allowed three runs, which gave the Red Sox their third start quality start -- and more importantly for him, he went the longest he's gone in a game this season. In two of his four starts prior to Saturday he went just 2 1/3 innings. "Obviously the last couple outings haven't been the best, but I wanted to get deep in the game and give them a chance," Miley said. "I was able to get through the seventh. Something good to build off of, for sure." Miley went seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, not walking a matter and striking out three. He retired the final seven batters he faced. It could have been an even better start for the left-hander, as he almost escaped the fifth inning without any damage. With runners on second and third with two outs, Miley had two strikes on Yankees No. 2 hitter Brett Gardner, but the left-hander fought a pitch off and lined it into shallow left field for a two-RBI single, which held up as the difference in the game, as the hit gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead at the time. "It's a big situation there -- second and third, two outs. It was a pitch I think I had a 3-2 count and if I could do it all over again maybe stay hard in or get the slider off the plate a little bit," Miley said. "He capitalized on it, that's it." Prior to the game Miley had walked at least two batters in every start this season, and had walked a total of 11 batters in his 15 2/3 innings. Saturday marked the first time since September 15, 2014 he didn't walk a batter in a game. Miley admitted he did make a slight adjustment. "Just tried to go out and relax, kind of enjoy the game a little bit," he said. "Try and make pitches and keep us in the game." As the Red Sox still have the worst starters' ERA in the game at 5.62, the past three starts have given reason for optimism. Before Miley Saturday, Rick Porcello allowed a run over seven innings Wednesday against the Blue Jays, and Justin Masterson allowed two runs in six innings Friday against the Yankees. The staff held a meeting with manger John Farrell prior to the game on Thursday, and at least as of now, things are trending in the right direction. "It's being competitive," Miley said. "Go out there be aggressive, make pitches. The pitcher needs to dictate what goes on rather than the other way around. I think that's the goal."