The Red Sox defeated the
Miami Marlins Logan Morrison 7-5, riding the strength of three homers to take their third straight win and move back above .500.
Clay Buchholz had his streak of four straight excellent starts snapped by almost exclusively Logan Morrison. While in general he did not pitch like he had in his bad April and May, he simply couldn't avoid bad situations with Morrison at the plate, and time after time Morrison made him pay. A ground ball single in the first allowed Morrison to come to the plate with two out an one on, and Morrison took him out of the park. In the fifth, it was a couple of broken bat hits that brought him to the plate for a two-run double off the wall (which could arguably have been caught by Ryan Kalish were he more familiar with the wall).
Only in the third, when Buchholz walked Hanley Ramirez and hit Giancarlo Stanton to set up Morrison for another RBI double, was the right-hander really at fault. All-in-all, however, with six innings and five earned runs, it will look like an ugly night in the box score.
The good news is that the Red Sox were more than up to the task of backing him up. After falling behind 2-0 in the first, Dustin Pedroia doubled and David Ortiz evened the score with a two-run shot to right field. In the second, it was Kelly Shoppach taking Mark Buehrle deep for the fourth time in his career to make it 4-2. While the Marlins got a run back in the top of the third, another homer--this time a solo shot from Cody Ross--made up for it in the bottom of the fourth.
The Sox would add another run in each of the fifth and sixth innings, with a sacrifice bunt from Dustin Pedroia allowing David Ortiz to bring Mike Aviles in from third with a long fly ball that nearly got down for extra bases, and a pair of doubles from Kevin Youkilis and Will Middlebrooks giving them their seventh in the sixth. With Matt Albers, Andrew Miller, Vicente Padilla, and Alfredo Aceves combining for three scoreless, the Sox moved to 34-33 on the season--back into winning territory.
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|WP: Clay Buchholz (8 - 2)
SV: Alfredo Aceves (17)
LP: Mark Buehrle (5 - 8)