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Final: Marlins 8, Red Sox 7

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  March 11, 2013 01:12 PM

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Bottom 9th: Marlins 8, Red Sox 7 - Highly-touted outfield prospect Christian Yelich hit a two-run walk-off homer off Chis Carpenter to give the Marlins the win. Carpenter retired the first two batters before allowing a single to Kevin Kouzmanoff, followed by the homer.

Bottom 7th: Red Sox 7, Marlins 6: Tough inning for Rubby De La Rosa. The hard-throwing righty walked four batters, including one with the bases loaded while allowing a bases-clearing double to Kevin Kouzmanoff, as three Marlins runs scored. One run also scored on a passed ball by Dan Butler.

Top 7th: Red Sox 7, Marlins 1 - Will Middlebrooks connected on a two-run homer with Brad Holt on base after a double.

Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Marlins 1 - Jon Lester pitched five strong innings, allowing three hits and one run and threw an efficient 54 pitches, 38 for strikes. After spotting the Marlins a one-run lead in the first, Lester was pretty tough. He's in line to be Boston's Opening Day starter.

Top 4th: Red Sox 5, Marlins 1 - Mike Carp stroked an opposite field solo homer. After Mitch Maier singled and Jose Iglesias walked, Jackie Bradley Jr, reached base for the thid time with an RBI double to left.

Top 3rd: Red Sox 3, Marlins 1 - A couple of walks issued to Mitch Maier and Jackie Bradley and MIke Napoli taking a pitch to the hand, produced a two-run double by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, scoring a pair.

Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, Marlins 1 - Chris Valaitka drove in Juan Pierre with the first Marlins run. Pierre singled off Jon Lester, moved to second on an infield grounder and stole third before coming home on the hit. Also, Mike Napoli made a nice diving stop to rob Rob Brantly of a hit to end the inning.

Top 1st: Red Sox 1, Marlins 0 - Jackie Bradley Jr, playing the role of Giancarlo Stanton, lead off with a first-pitch homer to left-center against righthander Kevin Slowey., Bradley is now 12-for-24 in camp.

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