Final: Red Sox 7, Marlins 5: Ten hits for the Sox, eight of which were for extra bases. Buchholz picks up his fourth straight win, weathering a monster offensive performance from Morrison, the bullpen holds things down and Boston is above .500.
Top 9th: Red Sox 7, Marlins 5: Aceves gets Buck swinging on a 97-mph heater, Reyes to pop out to Punto at second and Ramirez, with the Fenway crowd on its feet, swinging. Game over.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 7, Marlins 5: Ortiz steps in to a rousing “Papi! Papi!” chant and grounds out to second. Youk follows suit with a grounder to short and, after Nava whacks a double, Ross grounds out to second to end the inning.
Aceves on to close. He will get hitters 9-1-2 for the Marlins.
Top 8th: Red Sox 7, Marlins 5: Solid work from Padilla, who gets Dobbs on a first-pitch eephus and works around an Infante single. Kalish is atoning for his error by tracking down another warning track flyball.
Neil Diamond time.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 7, Marlins 5: Webb stops the Red Sox’ scoring streak at three straight innings, getting Aviles and Pedroia to pop out to Sanchez at first, and Gonzalez swinging.
Bobby V’s Bullpen Train continues with Padilla entering to work the eighth.
Nick Punto also enters for Pedroia at second. After his at bat, Pedroia went into the clubhouse shaking his hand.
Top 7th: Red Sox 7, Marlins 5: Not the best defensive day for Kalish, who drops a Reyes flyball for a three-base error. Good thing for him that Matt Albers has a 76.6 left-on-base percentage, striking out Ramirez and getting Stanton on a broken-bat flyout to left. Bobby V summons Andrew Miller to face the lefty Morrison, and Miller does what Buccholz couldn’t: gets him out.
Granted, it was on a line shot to center that Kalish nearly misplayed.
Time to stretch.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 7, Marlins 5: We have a Kevin Youkilis sighting. Youk doubles to right and is driven in by a double by Middlebrooks, who was pinch-ran for at second by Daniel Nava. Nava moves to third on a Ross sacrifice bunt, but is stranded after Gaudin settles down, getting Kalish and Shoppach swinging.
So far tonight, Youkilis has lined out, flied out and doubled, all to right field. Seven of the Sox’s nine hits today have been for extra bases (four doubles, three homers).
Buchholz is done. Albers on to pitch. Clay’s line: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 87 pitches, 58 strikes.
Top 6th: Red Sox 6, Marlins 5: Buchholz works around a double by Cousins with three groundouts to the left side. Albers was warming up in the pen. We’ll see if Bobby V keeps Buchholz in to start the seventh.
Chad Gaudin on for Buerhle. His final line: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3 HR, 84 pitches, 57 strikes.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 6, Marlins 5: Sox keep answering, this time when Aviles scores on a Gonzalez sac fly to right. Aviles doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a Pedroia sacrifice bunt.
Buchholz stays on the mound for the sixth.
Top 5th: Red Sox 5, Marlins 5 There seems to be a pattern developing at Fenway. Morrison again comes up with runners on and two outs, and he again comes through, this time doubling two runs in off the Monster in center. Kalish might have had a play on it, but pulled up short to play it off the wall. He was injured on a similar play last season.
Morrison, who has driven in all five Miami runs tonight, was thrown out at the plate by Youkilis after trying to score on what would have been an infield single to third by Dobbs.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 5, Marlins 3 Welcome back, Cody Ross. He hits his ninth homer this season to give Buchholz a little larger cushion. Miami botches a Kalish popup, resulting in an error charged to Infante, but Shoppach, who homered in the second, grounds into a double play to end things.
Top 4th: Red Sox 4, Marlins 3: Infante, Cousins and Sanchez go down in order for the second time tonight as Buchholz clings to that one-run lead.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 4, Marlins 3: Nothing to see here, except an Ortiz single to left that would probably have been an out had the Marlins not put on the shift. Otherwise, Pedroia grounds out to Buerhle, Gonzalez fouls out to third and Youkilis flies out to right.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 4, Marlins 3: Speaking of owning, Morrison nearly hit his second homer of the night and third in his past three at bats against Buchholz, blasting a double off the Monster that scored Ramirez, who walked. Buchholz opened the inning by getting the speedy Reyes to ground into a double play after Buck singled, but ran into trouble after giving a free pass to Ramirez and hitting Stanton on the forearm. He then stranded runners on second and third by striking out Dobbs to end the inning.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 4, Marlins 2: Kelly Shoppach owns Mark Buerhle. He tattoos a 3-1 pitch — the same count on which Ortiz and Morrison’s homers came, mind you — over the Monster, scoring Middlebrooks, who singled. He is now 8 for 17 with four homers lifetime versus Buerhle. Sox take the lead.
Top 2nd: Marlins 2, Red Sox 2: Miami goes down in order. Infante grounds to short, Cousins flies out to center and Middlebrooks recovers on a sharply hit grounder to get Sanchez. An efficient inning for Buchholz. Nine pitches, seven strikes.
Bottom 1st: Marlins 2, Red Sox 2: David Ortiz engages in a friendly game of “I see your homer, and I shall match it,” ripping a 96-mph fastball into the right-field corner off Buerhle to tie things up. Pedroia scored after clanging a double off the Monster in center. His liner was probably a homer in most other parks.
The Marlins and Sox’s respective first innings mirrored each other: No. 2 hitter gets on base, cleanup hitter homers on a 3-1 fastball.
Top 1st: Marlins 2, Red Sox 0: Rough start for Buchholz, as Morrison crushes a 3-1 fastball into the Sox bullpen, plating Ramirez, who singled up the middle. Buchholz has now allowed his 15th homer of the season. His previous single-season high was 13.
Pregame: The Marlins come to town tonight for a three-game interleague series, and will send lefty Mark Buerhle (5-7, 3.41 ERA) to the mound. The Sox counter with righty Clay Buchholz (7-2, 5.38 ERA), who is 3-0 in his last four games with a 1.45 ERA.
Some links to pregame posts to get you going:
Pregame notes from Michael Vega
Players shut down reports of ‘toxic’ clubhouse
Cody Ross back in lineup, Podsednik to DL
Beckett says shoulder ‘looks pretty good’ following MRI exam
Ozzie Guillen on Clemens verdict: ‘If he’s not guilty, he’s not guilty’
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