Miami at Boston

W: C. Buchholz (8-2) L: M. Buehrle (5-8)
S: A. Aceves (17)
HR: MIA - L. Morrison (6)   BOS - D. Ortiz (17),K. Shoppach (4),C. Ross (9)

Buchholz wins again, BoSox top Marlins wire reports

BOSTON -- When Clay Buchholz pitches, the Boston Red Sox hit well. They needed that on Tuesday night.

David Ortiz started their three-homer barrage with his 17th of the season in the first inning and the Red Sox beat the Miami Marlins 7-5 despite Buchholz's worst start in nearly a month.

"Clay didn't have his great stuff tonight and the offense seemed to sense it," Boston manager Bobby Valentine said. "They were going to do what they had to do to get us enough runs."

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Cody Ross, activated from the disabled list before the game, and Kelly Shoppach also homered as Buchholz (8-2) benefited again from a strong hitting attack. He entered the game with the second-best support in the majors, 7.51 runs per nine innings.

"That's the way the year's been going," Buchholz said. "Guys are scoring in the first inning and then keeping it going."

The Red Sox scored six runs in five innings against Mark Buehrle (5-8), breaking a 5-5 tie on Adrian Gonzalez's sacrifice fly in the fifth.

"You keep on getting hit around and giving up runs every inning, it's going to get you out of the game pretty early," Buehrle said.

The win came at Fenway Park where the Red Sox lost their previous three games, six of seven, and are just 15-19 this season. They began the day in last place in the AL East but won their fifth game in the last six overall and their third straight in the opener of a nine-game homestand. And they improved to 34-33, going over .500 for the first time since June 7.

Alfredo Aceves worked a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 20 opportunities.

"We haven't had much luck at home," shortstop Mike Aviles said, "but any win's always good."

There haven't been many lately for the Marlins.

They dropped to 2-11 in their last 13 games as Buehrle gave up three homers and lost his fourth straight start in a rematch of a 2-1 loss to Buchholz in Miami on June 12.

The Marlins scored more than four runs for the first time in 13 games and matched the Red Sox with 10 hits.

"We come out and score a bunch of runs today, which we've been struggling to do," Buehrle said. "I went back out and gave it right back up. I was frustrated by that."

Logan Morrison drove in all five Miami runs with a two-run homer and two doubles, then sent center fielder Ryan Kalish toward the wall where he made the catch with a runner on third and two outs in the seventh inning. The Marlins stranded a runner at second in the eighth.

"Obviously, the team comes first," Morrison said. "We've got to start winning games."

Buchholz was 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his previous four starts but struggled against a team that began the day with a .213 road batting average, the worst in the majors.

The Marlins jumped on him in the first with a two-run homer by Morrison, his sixth of the season. But Ortiz tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a two-run shot.

In the second, another two-run homer, Shoppach's fourth of the year, put the Red Sox on top 4-2 before Morrison doubled in a run in the third.

Ross then hit his eighth homer, a solo shot, to give Boston a 5-3 lead in the fourth. It was his first game since recovering from a fractured bone in his left foot. Miami tied it in the fifth on a two-run double by Morrison.

Then the Red Sox went ahead to stay in the fifth when Aviles doubled, took third on Dustin Pedroia's sacrifice and scored on Gonzalez's fly to right. That made it 6-5 and they added a run in the seventh when the first two batters against reliever Chad Gaudin, Kevin Youkilis and Will Middlebrooks, doubled.

Pedroia left the game after fouling out to first base in the seventh on an inside fastball.

"He was more fearful that he was injured," said Valentine, who gave no further details.


  • Boston put OF Scott Podsednik on the 15-day DL with a strained left groin.
  • Miami's Ricky Nolasco (6-5) faces Felix Doubront (7-3) in the second game of the three-game series on Wednesday night.
  • Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said he's been impressed with reliever Steve Cishek, a 2005 graduate of Falmouth H.S. on Cape Cod, who has pitched two scoreless innings against the Red Sox this season. He is 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA in 28.1 innings overall.
  • Kalish misplayed two fly balls near the wall in center field. In the fifth inning, he didn't go back enough for Morrison's shot and the ball bounced at the base of the wall for a double. In the seventh, near the same spot, he dropped Jose Reyes fly for a three-base error.
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The Red Sox's Clay Buchholz allows five runs in six innings but hangs on to win his fourth straight. (Getty Images)
The Red Sox's Clay Buchholz allows five runs in six innings but hangs on to win his fourth straight. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

D. Ortiz
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

L. Morrison
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Jose Reyes, SS5000001 .270
Hanley Ramirez, 3B4320121 .259
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3110012 .273
Logan Morrison, DH4135001 .240
Greg Dobbs, LF4010013 .275
Omar Infante, 2B4010000 .280
Scott Cousins, CF4010000 .267
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4000012 .187
John Buck, C4010011 .165
2B - Logan Morrison 2 (11, Buchholz, Buchholz), Scott Cousins (2, Buchholz)
HR - Logan Morrison (6, Buchholz)
RBI - Logan Morrison 5 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Logan Morrison 5 (10)
Team LOB - 6
DP - H. Ramirez-Infante-G. Sanchez
PB - John Buck (4)
E - Omar Infante (7, Dropped fly)
Miami Marlins
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Chad Gaudin 1211020 5.34
Ryan Webb 1000010 3.68
Edward Mujica 1100000 3.73
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 5-9, Chad Gaudin 1-0, Edward Mujica 3-0
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 22, Chad Gaudin 5, Ryan Webb 3, Edward Mujica 4
Boston Red Sox
Mike Aviles, SS4110000 .266
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3110000 .269
    Nick Punto, 2B0000000 .217
Adrian Gonzalez, RF-1B3001011 .257
David Ortiz, DH4122000 .314
Kevin Youkilis, 1B-3B4110001 .216
Will Middlebrooks, 3B3121000 .298
    Daniel Nava, PR-LF1010000 .309
Cody Ross, LF-RF3111002 .272
Ryan Kalish, CF3000022 .143
Kelly Shoppach, C3112012 .275
2B - Mike Aviles (17, Buehrle), Dustin Pedroia (17, Buehrle), Kevin Youkilis (6, Gaudin), Will Middlebrooks (8, Gaudin), Daniel Nava (13, Mujica)
HR - David Ortiz (17, Buehrle), Cody Ross (9, Buehrle), Kelly Shoppach (4, Buehrle)
SF - Adrian Gonzalez (6)
SH - Dustin Pedroia (1), Cody Ross (1)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (36), David Ortiz 2 (45), Will Middlebrooks (25), Cody Ross (29), Kelly Shoppach 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz 2 (12), Kelly Shoppach 2 (9)
Team LOB - 3
DP - Aviles-Pedroia-Youkilis
E - Ryan Kalish (1, Dropped fly)
Boston Red Sox
Clay Buchholz (W,8-2) 6955131 5.53
Matt Albers (H,3) 0.2000010 1.88
Andrew Miller (H,9) 0.1000000 1.88
Vicente Padilla (H,16) 1100000 4.15
Alfredo Aceves (S,17) 1000020 4.67
HBP - Stanton (by Clay Buchholz)
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 87-58, Matt Albers 8-5, Andrew Miller 4-2, Vicente Padilla 14-10, Alfredo Aceves 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 10-3, Vicente Padilla 2-1
Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 27, Matt Albers 3, Andrew Miller 1, Vicente Padilla 4, Alfredo Aceves 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37701
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Victor Carapazza