The Boston Red Sox sent Nick Pivetta to the mound, making his final start this season against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night, and the right-hander did not disappoint one bit.

Putting an end to a demanding year that had Pivetta fulfill a hybrid role, pitching out of the bullpen and rotation, wasn’t easy. Pivetta pitched seven shutout innings, striking out 10 Baltimore hitters on just 87 pitches, prompting the 30-year-old to plead his case for an eighth-inning appearance. But Red Sox manager Alex Cora didn’t budge.

Still, there was plenty to applaud Pivetta for after Boston snagged a 3-0 victory at Camden Yards, avoiding a final sweep to the Orioles before officially transitioning into the offseason.

“Good fastball, good curveball, good tempo, throwing strikes, the slider was good. He wanted to keep going but I felt like that was good enough,” Cora told reporters, as seen on NESN’s postgame coverage. “He wanted to keep going but I felt like that was good enough. Well, he feels like it’s not over yet. He said he’s gonna be able to go on Sunday. We’ll see about that. … It was impressive and that tells you who he is.”

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Regardless that the season is over before its official end, Pivetta never took his foot off the gas. Through his last four starts (25 2/3 innings), Pivetta pitched to a 1.75 ERA, holding opponents to a .149 batting average.

Afterward, Pivetta confirmed his bid to remain in the contest.

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“I’m never ready to come out of a baseball game no matter what,” Pivetta said postgame, per NESN. “It’s just the situation. We have (Garrett) Whitlock go out there and do that job that he did, and a tremendous job he did pounding the strike zone, and then securing that win for me. So I think it’s really huge for the team.”

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Here are more notes from Friday night’s Red Sox-Orioles game:

— Opponents held the Red Sox scoreless for 24 consecutive innings, including through the first four in Baltimore.

— Pivetta became the first pitcher since Roger Clemens (1987) to throw seven-plus scoreless innings in the final two outings of a season in Red Sox history, joining an exclusive four-man list that also includes Mel Parnell (1953) and Cy Young (1904).

“He’s just a true professional,” Trevor Story said postgame, per NESN. “He’s always trying to find ways to get better and I feel like most of this year he’s been pretty dominant. Every time he takes the mound, we feel like we have a really good chance to win. Really excited about the year he had.”

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— Rob Refsnyder went 1-for-3 with a double in Baltimore, boosting his batting average against left-handed pitching to .311 this season through 143 plate appearances. That also includes eight extra-base hits and 21 RBIs.

— Boston is 5-6 against the Orioles this season.

— The Red Sox and Orioles face off again Saturday night. First pitch from Camden Yards is set for 7:05 p.m. ET live on FOX. Boston will return to the NESN airwaves Sunday for its season finale with first pitch set for 3:05 p.m.

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