Game over: Red Sox 10, Marlins 2: The Sox score 10 runs, which is two less than they had scored in their previous five games to take two out of three here in South Florida. Felix Doubront pitched a very good game in improving his record to 7-3. He had a no-hitter until the sixth when Jose Reyes hit a home run. Doubront also passed a major hurdle of pitching seven full innings for the first time this season. The game was played in 2:58 before 33,119 at Marlins Park.
Top 9th: Red Sox 10, Marlins 2: Entertainment here as Heath Bell comes in and comes out of the game and there’s some frustration on Bell’s part directed at Guillen. In the end, Bell came over and seemed to straighten out what ever issue he had.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 10, Marlins 2: Garbage time has begun. Red Sox haven’t had too many of these this year. Andrew Miller struggled a tad with his control, walking two and throwing a wild pitch. He wasn’t able to finish it out as he walked Hanley Ramirez to load the bases forcing Bobby Valentine to go with his third pitcher of the inning, Matt Albers, who threw an inning-ending ground ball out to Stanton.
Top 8th: Red Sox 10, Marlins 2: Sox tack on six runs and turn an uncomfortable two-run lead into a more substantial one. The Sox strung together five straight hits and it started when pinch-hitter Nick Punto belted a double high atop the right field wall. Podsednik, Pedroia (after battling Randy Choate to 3-2), Adrian Gonzalez (RBI) and David Ortiz (RBI) singled. After Middlebrooks was hit with a pitch by Ryan Webb, Saltalamacchia got the fourth run of the inning in on a low liner to left field, scoring Gonzalez. Mike Aviles continued the inning with two outs, beating out an infield hit to load the bases. And the guy who started it all, Punto, came up for the second time in the inning, this time with the bases loaded. On an 0-2 pitch he hit a low liner that Solano could not come up with, scoring two more runs.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 4, Marlins 2: For the first time this season, Doubront has completed seven innings. It wasn’t easy. He surrendered a leadoff single to Hanley Ramirez and a double to Giancarlo Stanton. Bobby Valentine came out to settle him down and Doubront responded by getting the next three outs with a run scoring on Ruggiano’s groundball to shortstop.
Top 7th: Red Sox 4, Marlins 1: Salty, Sweeney and Aviles went down in order.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 4, Marlins 1: The Marlins first hit was a mammoth homer by Jose Reyes on the first pitch by Felix Doubront, who had retired 16 straight batters since a first-inning walk to Donovan Solano. He has nine strikeouts after striking out the side for the second time.
Top 6th: Red Sox 4, Marlins 0: An old-fashioned rally for the Sox offense. Three straight singles by Scott Podsednik, Dustin Pedroia and Adrain Gonzalez produced a run. David Ortiz then hit a deep fly to the warning track in center, long enough to get Pedroia in with the second run of the inning. Will Middlebrooks was the party-pooper knocking into a GIDP to end the inning.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 2, Marlins 0: Doubront is pulling off some efficient, economical innings. He’s now retired 14 straight batters. He has a sneaky fastball tonight.
Top 5th: Red Sox 2, Marlins 0: Bottom of the Sox order – Sweeney (ground out to second), Aviles (lined out to left) and Doubront (grounder to pitcher) go down swiftly.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 2, Marlins 0: Doubront is dealing. He retired the side in order. He has five strikeouts so far.
Top 4th: Red Sox 2, Marlins 0: David Ortiz belts his 15th homer to left field on a 1-2 pitch from Nolasco.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 1, Marlins 0: Doubront took care of the bottom of the order striking out catcher Brett Hayes and pitcher Ricky Nolasco and took care of Jose Reyes with a strikeout out called. But the Nolasco at-bat way too difficult as the count ran to 3-2 with a couple of foul balls.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 1, Marlins 0: Mike Aviles singled to center and advanced to second when Justin Ruggiano muffed it. Aviles was advanced to third on a nice sac bunt by Felix Doubront and came in on Scott Podsednik’s ground ball to second base. Dustin Pedroia lined out hard to right for the final out.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Marlins 0: Nice efficient inning for Doubront, who struck out Omar Infante and then got Justin Ruggiano to pop to short and Gaby Sanchez on a foul pop to Ortiz.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Marlins 0: What the Red Sox absolutely don’t need is for David Ortiz to be hurt. During his first at-bat (walk), Ortiz put his hand on his left side after a swing. When he got to first base, the trainer and Bobby Valentine came out to check, but Ortiz said he was fine. Will Middlebrooks flew out to center, Jarrod Saltalamacchia whiffed and Ryan Sweeney, playing center despite being bothered by a sore toe, flew out to left to end the inning.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Marlins 0: Felix Doubront is coming off his worst outing of the season June 8 vs. the Nationals when he lasted only four innings, allowed eight hits and six runs in a 7-4 loss. Doubront, making his 13th start, has not pitched beyond 6-1/3 innings, got leadoff hitter Jose Reyes to pop out to second base. But he walked Donovan Solano. After Hanley Ramirez lined out to Mike Aviles at shortstop, Doubront got Giancarlo Stanton to ground out to second base to end the inning. Stanton is 1-for-9 in this series.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Marlins 0: First pitch was 7:11 p.m. It’s 82 degrees at game time. The roof is open. The Red Sox went down quickly against Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco, who is 2-4 with a 6.23 ERA in his last six starts. Nolasco is trying to right the ship against the Sox. Scott Podsednik and Adrian Gonzalez both fanned and Dustin Pedroia grounded out.