Coming off his first win in 11 months, Miller will try to do his part in preventing the Red Sox from being swept by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Miller allowed one run and three hits over 6 1-3 innings in Boston’s 4-3 win over Atlanta on Friday. Though the veteran right-hander didn’t have his liveliest fastball, he found ways to compensate.
“That’s what makes you into a better pitcher, knowing you can get outs without your best stuff,” he said.
He missed the last three months of last season with Houston with a frayed rotator cuff and didn’t make his first start for Boston until May 8. He pitched well but didn’t get a decision in his first two starts this year.
“Mechanically, I just wasn’t feeling as good as the last two starts,” he said. But he kept the ball away from the middle of the plate and, with his first victory, “felt great, felt like a part of the team.”
He hadn’t won since last June 20 in another interleague game, when he beat the Angels 3-1.
The Red Sox really need Miller to pick up where he left off in that start. The defending World Series champions have lost six of 10 and are coming off a 6-1 defeat to Toronto on Wednesday.
“We’re a really bad team right now,” said Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon, who is 0-for-8 in the series. “We need to win tomorrow. It’s a must win. We need to get back to that stage where every game is a must win instead of just saying ‘Oh, we’ll be OK.’ It’s a different year.”
Russ Adams had two hits and scored two runs for the Blue Jays, who are 5-2 against Boston this season.
Boston, which had two errors and a passed ball, will head to New York after this series for a weekend series with the archrival Yankees.