Wade Miley went seven innings and allowed two runs in the Red Sox' 4-3 win over the Rangers Tuesday night. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Wade Miley delivers, keeping string of strong Red Sox starts rolling

Ryan Hannable
May 19, 2015 - 7:26 pm

On April 26, Wade Miley walked off the mound at Camden Yards allowing seven runs in just 2 1/3 innings and his ERA had climbed all the way up to 8.62. Fast forward four starts and Miley has gone at least six innings in all four, allowing no more than four runs and allowing three runs or less in three of them, getting his ERA down to 5.10 on the year following a seven-inning, two-run performance Tuesday night in the Red Sox' 4-3 win over the Rangers. "First of all, seven innings, two runs, he pitched as we have seen of late," manager John Farrell said. "He's made big pitches with men in scoring position. This is probably four starts consecutively now where he's really attacking the strike zone and thrown a number of pitches in some quality areas, particularly his fastball down in the zone. And he's working at a pace that I think is comfortable for him but not too quick and is dictating the tempo from the mound." Miley didn't allow a run until the sixth inning when Thomas Field singled to left with two outs and Hanley Ramirez casually went after the ball and then over threw the cut off man when Kyle Blanks scored. The next batter Robinson Chirinos hit a deep fly to right where Daniel Nava took a poor route on it before it landed on the warning track for a RBI triple accounting for the only Rangers runs against Miley. Field's single snapped Miley's streak of 19 straight batters retired with runners in scoring position dating back to his last start May 13 against the Athletics. "The sixth inning, I kind of had it where I wanted it -- two outs, I gave up the double to [Kyle] Blanks, but had Thomas Fields 1-2 and I didn't make a pitch and he got that pitch," said Miley. As a staff, the rotation is pitching much better of late. Red Sox starters have thrown at least five innings and allowed two earned runs or fewer in six straight games. They did not do that at all last season, with the previous long of seven occurring Aug. 19-27, 2013. Miley has noticed the group building off each other. "I think Rick Porcello started it. He had a really good game and you want to follow that," said Miley. "You want to keep that going and we're scoring runs, so keep it going." The left-hander said the staff has had a few meetings -- that along with the addition of new pitching coach Carl Willis has helped turned things around. "We had a couple of meetings where we've gotten together and talked as a staff and we are just trying to go out there and have fun again as a staff and not worry so much," Miley said. "Just try and make pitches, eliminate some of the pressure, enjoy the game, enjoy baseball." With Miley seemingly being a completely different pitcher than he was in his first four starts, he like the rest of the pitching staff just wants to keep it going. "You create a little confidence with a good one and another good one," he said. "You try and build off that and I am going to try and keep it rolling."