Red Sox Win Mound Duel
MIAMI (AP) _ Clay Buchholz outpitched Mark Buehrle and the
Boston Red Sox beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 Tuesday night, ending a
four-game losing streak.
The game was scoreless until Kelly Shoppach hit an RBI double in
the seventh inning and came home on a single by Mike Aviles.
Logan Morrison hit a leadoff home run in the Miami seventh.
Buchholz (7-2) allowed five hits and struck out a season-high
nine in seven innings.
Reliever Vicente Padilla escaped a jam in the eighth and Alfredo
Aceves closed for his 15th save in 18 opportunities.
Buehrle (5-7) gave up five hits in seven innings. He lost for
the first time in interleague play since 2007 when he pitched for
the Chicago White Sox against the Cubs, a span of 16 starts.
The crowd of 29,326 was treated to a second straight night of
baseball with the roof open. The Marlins elected to retract it
Monday in hopes of snapping a six-game losing streak, and they won.
The trend did not continue, however, as Miami dropped to 3-3 with
the roof open in its new ballpark.
The Marlins threatened in the eighth as Omar Infante and Hanley
Ramirez singled, but Giancarlo Stanton struck out for the fourth
time as Padilla preserved the lead.
Morrison singled off Aceves to begin the ninth, but the reliever
kept him from scoring the tying run.
Shoppach’s second double of the game drove in Will Middlebrooks
for the first run. After Aviles singled, Darnell McDonald also
singled before Buchholz flied out to center fielder Chris Coghlan,
who made a diving play to prevent another run from scoring.
Jose Reyes led off the bottom of the first with a triple, the
second straight game that he’s done that. Buchholz struck out
Infante, Ramirez and Stanton to strand Reyes.
Marlins set up an another run-scoring opportunity in the third
with back-to-back two-out singles by Reyes and Infante. Ramirez
also singled as he beat Aviles’ throw from shortstop, but Reyes was
thrown out at home attempting to score from second.
Buehrle cruised through the first six innings, allowing just one
NOTES: Buchholz is 4-1 with a 2.83 ERA over his last seven
starts since May 11. … Morrison is 6 for 11 with four extra-base
hits in his last three games after going hitless in his previous 18
at-bats. … Marlins CF Emilio Bonifacio (left thumb surgery) had
his stitches removed, but is not expected to return until after the
All-Star break. He leads the NL with 20 stolen bases despite not
playing since May 18.
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