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Coming off of his worst start of the season against Washington, Felix Doubront dazzled in Miami, propelling the Red Sox towards a 10-2 win Wednesday night. His seven impressive innings and the awakening of the Sox offense against the Marlins bullpen led the way, including multihit games for the first four batters in the lineup.
Scott Podsednik was slotted in the leadoff spot again and he delivered another great game after initially being thought of as a fill-in outfielder with all of the injuries on the Sox roster. Podsednik drove in the first run of the game on a ground out, and added two hits, scoring each time he reached base on the night.
David Ortiz launched his fifteenth home run of the season in the fourth inning, giving the Sox a 2-0 lead. He added a sacrifice fly and an RBI single later in the game as the Sox offense finally broke out late.
In the eighth inning, Boston scored six times, which began with RBI singles by both Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez. The frame began with a pinch-hit double by Nick Punto, who knocked in two more runs later in the inning on a base hit. Miami ended up using six pitchers in the game, despite a solid six inning start by Ricky Nolasco.
For the Red Sox, the night was truly owned by Doubront, who lost his attempt at a no hitter when Jose Reyes homered with two outs in the sixth. He earned his seventh victory of the year, allowing just three hits and two earned runs over seven innings of work. Doubront struck out nine and walked just one batter, and is beginning to receieve deserving attention across the country as an effective left-handed starter.
Three relievers combined to close out the blowout victory for the Sox as they head into a travel day before a weekend series with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The match up is primarily anticipated for the reunion of former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein with his old team, after leaving to become the President of Baseball Operations with Chicago in the offseason.
After taking two out of three games in Miami, Boston now holds a 31-32 record on the year.