Doubrant Strong As Red Sox Split Squad Defeats Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) _ Felix Doubrant helped his cause for a spot in Boston’s rotation, allowing a run on five hits in six innings and leading a Red Sox split squad to a 4-1 win over the Florida Marlins on Saturday.

The left-hander threw 78 pitches, 53 for strikes, and lowered his ERA this spring to 2.70.

Austin Kearns hit his third home run for the Marlins, a drive that traveled more than 400 feet to center field in the second inning. Kearns, trying to win a bench spot, leads the team in home runs and RBIs (7).

Left-hander Wade LeBlanc allowed three runs on five hits in five innings for the Marlins. Most of the damage came in the first inning when he gave up three runs– two earned –on four hits.

LeBlanc, competing for a bullpen spot, settled down and finished by retiring 10 in a row.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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