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The Red Sox snuck away on Tuesday night in Miami with a tight 2-1 victory over the Marlins, led by a strong start by Clay Buchholz. While the team still didn’t quite put up the offense numbers expected on a regular basis, they capitalized on a key mistake my the Marlins in the seventh inning to gain a 2-0 lead, and the team went on to snap their four-game losing streak.
Buchholz pitched seven strong innings and surrendered just one run, including nine strikeouts. It was his second straight great start and he earned his seventh win of the year. He is steadily becoming a much more reliable pitcher and could rack up a good number of wins this year after earning some cheap victories when he struggled earlier in the season.
All the scoring in the game came during the seventh inning against Mark Buehrle, started by Kelly Shoppach delivering an RBI double to score Will Middlebrooks. Starting behind the plate, the double was one of two on the night for Shoppach, who is hitting .280 as the Sox backup catcher this year to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who has a good shot at making the All-Star Game.
The Sox caught a bit of a break when Marlins catcher John Buck dropped a near great catch in foul territory off the bat of Mike Aviles. Given a second chance, Aviles laced an RBI single to center, scoring Shoppach and giving the Sox the eventual game-winning run.
In the bottom half of the inning, Buchholz surrendered a solo home run to Logan Morrison, the only real damage done by the Marlins offense against the Sox on the night. The home run set off the delightful and gigantic thing in left-center field at the new ballpark which does all sorts of weird things including lighting up when the home team hits a home run.
Vicente Padilla worked in and out of trouble in the eighth, striking out Giancarlo Stanton with runners on the corners to end a threat. Alfredo Aveces earned his 15th save as the team avoided falling further behind in the American League East race.
On Wednesday, the rubber game of the series with the Marlins concludes as Felix Doubront takes the mound for Boston.
Tags: Alfredo Aceves, Boston Red Sox, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront, Giancarlo Stanton, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, John Buck, Kelly Shoppach, Logan Morrison, Mark Buehrle, Miami Marlins, Mike Aviles, Vicente Padilla, Will Middlebrooks