PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Byung-Hyun Kim is trying to make manager Grady Little's decision a little easier.
Kim pitched seven strong innings in his first start for his new team and
had four hits and knocked in four runs as the
Boston Red Sox
rolled to an 11-4 victory over the
in the first game of a doubleheader.
Acquired from Arizona on May 29, Kim joined Boston with his role a bit uncertain. Little could shift the converted closer to the
's suspect bullpen or use him in the rotation.
Kim (1-0), who gave up two runs in a relief appearance at Toronto on Sunday, was a hit in his foray into the rotation. The Korean righthander limited the Pirates to one run and five hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Ramirez provided Kim plenty of support. He had an RBI single in third, a sacrifice fly in the seventh and a two-run homer in the ninth. The slugger finished 4-for-4 and also scored three times.
added a three-run homer for Boston, which halted a season-high five-game losing streak.
(5-6) was tagged for eight runs and 12 hits in 6 1/3 innings.