Headed down to Miami to take on the Marlins, the Red Sox will look to get back on track after a 1-6 tailspin has left them two games under .500.
We'll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it goes down in Marlins Park.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 1, Final -- And the Red Sox lose, even though Adrian Gonzalez managed his first walk in about a month.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 1, End 8th -- Mark Melancon had a 1-2-3 inning! Mark Melancon had a 1-2-3 inning! Mark Melancon had a 1-2-3 inning! Mark Melancon had a 1-2-3 inning! Mark Melancon had a 1-2-3 inning!
Marlins 4, Red Sox 1, Mid 8th -- A 2-out single from Scott Podsednik is all the Sox can muster in the eighth, leaving them three outs away from 1-7 over their last eight games.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 1, End 7th -- Josh Beckett's streak is broken at 13 as he allows a 1-out walk to John Buck. A Justin Ruggiano strikeout and Jose Reyes ground out, however, leave the Marlins unable to advance their runner.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 1, Mid 7th -- Josh Johnson makes it seven strikeouts as he sits down Ryan Sweeney swinging in yet another 1-2-3 inning. The Sox will have to totally turn things around against the Miami bullpen when they get the chance in the next inning.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 1, End 6th -- Despite the hard contact in the last inning, Beckett has his fourth straight 1-2-3 inning. But for some unfortunate bloops in the first, this would look like a very different game right now for Beckett, though the Marlins would likely still be leading given Josh Johnson's excellent performance.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 1, Mid 6th -- The Sox finally push a run across, with Scott Podsednik and Dustin Pedroia picking up a 1-out single and double respectively. Adrian Gonzalez didn't really pick up the big hit they'd been hoping for, but he did manage a sacrifice fly, giving them their first run of the night.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 0, End 5th -- The Marlins get their first legitimate contact off Beckett in a while, with a line drive to third and a fly ball to left field both looking dangerous off the bat. But each ends up in a glove, allowing him to extend his run to 10 straight Marlins retired.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 0, Mid 5th -- Josh Johnson enjoys another 1-2-3 inning, with nine pitches earning him a strikeout and two ground balls. 76 pitches in, Johnson has his shutout intact and just three baserunners to his name. He's a good pitcher, no doubt, but the Sox had to be hoping he'd look easier compared to the likes of Strasburg - Gonzalez - Zimmermann.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 0, End 4th -- While the offense doesn't seem to be finding its footing in any great hurry, Josh Beckett at least seems ready to start playing baseball again. Extending his streak to seven straight Marlins retired, Beckett hits a corner with a 1-2 fastball to Josh Johnson to end the inning. Not the greatest achievement in the world, striking out a pitcher, but two perfect innings is a good sign.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 0, Mid 4th -- The frustration is becoming very visible after another 1-2-3 inning for the Red Sox offense, with an angry David Ortiz slamming his bat to the ground after hitting an easy fly ball out.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 0, End 3rd -- Beckett gets a much-needed 1-2-3 third, striking out Stanton to start his rebound frame.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 0, Mid 3rd -- The Sox put up no fight in the third, going 1-2-3 with two strikeouts and a pop-up. At least it's expected from Josh Beckett.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 0, End 2nd -- A leadoff baserunner turns into a fourth run for the Marlins as John Buck singles up the middle, moves to third on a sacrifice and ground out, and then scores on a Donovan Solano ground ball single hit hard past Mike Aviles at short.
Marlins 3, Red Sox 0, Mid 2nd -- Not so long ago, the Sox were making an art of losing. They might be getting back to that, as a one-out single by Ryan Sweeney is undone as the outfielder stood watching as Josh Johnson tossed over to first for the pickoff--just Johnson's second of his career.
Marlins 3, Red Sox 0, End 1st -- After one inning, it seems like Boston's misery is set to continue. Josh Beckett comes out extraordinarily hittable. Jose Reyes starts it off by hitting a line drive into the gap in right-center, and with the ball rolling all the way to the wall, reaches third, scoring on a sacrifice fly in the next at bat.
Beckett would get his second out in quick order, but a blooper to right put a runner on, and that was all the Marlins needed. Logan Morrison got an inside fastball about waist high and turned on it, sending it high off the wall in right, scoring Giancarlo Stanton from first. Another blooper from Gaby Sanchez, and it was 3-0. Two somewhat lucky hits, but also two big ones.
It's certainly early to be calling this game, but the way the Sox are running right now, 3-0 looks like almost an impossible hill to climb.
Red Sox 0, Marlins 0, Mid 1st -- An encouraging start comes to an uninspiring conclusion for the Red Sox in the first. After Scott Podsednik hit a seeing eye single back up the middle and Dustin Pedroia walked to give Boston a pair of leadoff runners, Josh Johnson fell behind 3-0 to Adrian Gonzalez.
Four pitches later, and Gonzalez was the victim of a strikeout. David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia at least manage to put the ball on the bat behind him, but the contact results in nothing more than fly ball outs--neither at all challenging--leaving the Sox scoreless in the first.