The Red Sox finished off their sweep of the Marlins with a 6-5 win after a late, youth-lead rally brought the Sox back from a 5-3 deficit.
It was another rough beginning for Daisuke Matsuzaka, who again came out flat in the first inning. While he didn't load the bases with walks like he did against the Cubs, Matsuzaka did manage to put runners on second and third with one out. And while a strikeout of Logan Morrison provided some measure of hope for a scoreless inning, Greg Dobbs would quickly erase that by singling both men home, and then picking up the Marlins' third stolen base of the inning, putting himself in scoring position for an Omar Infante single that made it 3-0.
The Sox nearly responded in the bottom half of the first, but ended up wasting a bases loaded, one out situation with a pop fly and strikeout from Cody Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia respectively. It was the only life they'd show in the first three innings, though Daisuke would manage to keep them in it by retiring fourteen straight batters starting with the last out in the first.
Then came the fourth, and finally Carlos Zambrano was made to pay for the wildness that had afflicted him all night. Hitting both Cody Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to start the inning, Zambrano surrendered a single to Will Middlebrooks, who then broke up a double play at second allowing Mike Aviles to bring in a second run on a sacrifice fly. One inning later, and it was Middlebrooks striking again, dropping a single to right with Adrian Gonzalez at third to tie the game.
Unfortunately, the sixth inning would bring the end of Daisuke's streak courtesy of a Giancarlo Stanton solo shot. Andrew Miller did not fair much better in relief, surrendering a single and double to make it 5-3 Marlins.
There the score would remain until the eighth, when the Sox finally got their spark back. It started with Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who chased Randy Choate from the game by hitting a right-handed double off the wall in left-center. Up came will Middlebrooks to the plate, and as before, the Marlins just could not get him out. Despite getting ahead 0-2, Edward Mujica could not put the third baseman away, let the count even up at 2-2, and then gave him a high fastball, which Middlebrooks smashed to dead center for a two-run shot to tie the game at 5-5.
The Sox were not done, however, as it was Ryan Kalish' turn to make his impact on the game. Shooting a single through the right side of the infield, Kalish showed the sort of spirit that's going to make him a fan favorite in years to come, taking off on a hit-and-run, rounding second without a thought, and sliding safely into third on a Mike Aviles ground out. With the winning run just 90 feet away, the Sox turned to Daniel Nava, who did what he's done all year: hit the baseball. A single into center brought Kalish home, and gave the Sox a lead to turn over to their closer Alfredo Aceves, who finished the game quickly and cleanly.
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|WP: Scott Atchison (2 - 0)
SV: Alfredo Aceves (18)
LP: Edward Mujica (0 - 3)