Gone fishin': Red Sox hope to sweep Marlins out of BostonJun 21, 2012 - 2:29 PM
Boston has taken the first two meetings with Miami to kick off a nine-day, nine-game homestand and won for the sixth time in seven tries with Wednesday's 15-5 pounding of the visiting Marlins. David Ortiz inched closer to the 400- homer mark (396) with a grand slam, Mike Aviles added a three-run shot, Will Middlebrooks hit a two-run homer and Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered for the Red Sox, who are one-half game ahead of last-place Toronto in the AL East.
Daniel Nava recorded four hits and two runs scored in the lopsided win, while Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront picked up the win. He allowed four runs and nine hits over six innings with four strikeouts and no walks.
"My teammates scored a lot of runs to help me and in this kind of situation where I give up runs too, that helps me," said Doubront. "We're a great team."
The Red Sox still have Atlanta and Toronto on the upcoming home slate.
Ortiz posted the 11th grand slam in his career and is now tied with Joe Carter for 52nd on the all-time home run list. Big Papi has five homers and 12 RBI in his previous nine games, and owns four multi-hit games in that stretch. Ortiz leads the team with 18 home runs, 49 RBI and a .313 batting average.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was scratched due to discomfort in his right thumb. Pedroia, the 2008 AL MVP, is hitting .269 with five homers, 26 RBI and 35 runs this season. He sustained a torn adductor muscle in his right thumb back on May 28 against Detroit and didn't return until June 5.
Hoping to pitch the Red Sox to a series sweep of the Marlins tonight will be Daisuke Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka is coming back from Tommy John surgery and is aiming for the 50th win of his career. He has lost both of his starts this season and previously pitched in Friday's 3-0 loss at the Chicago Cubs in which he yielded all three runs in six innings.
Dice-K has never faced the Marlins and lost his home debut on June 9 versus Washington. The right-hander tossed five innings in that one and was hit for four runs while striking out eight batters.
Miami hopes to avoid its third sweep this month and received a short-lived performance from starter Ricky Nolasco. Nolasco allowed nine runs and nine hits in just 3 1/3 innings and Chris Hatcher permitted four runs in just 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Gaby Sanchez knocked in a pair of runs, while John Buck and Logan Morrison both went deep for the Marlins, who dropped their 12th game in the last 14.
"We just need to find a way to win," Morrison said. "We've got to find a way to come out of it and just get one."
Morrison has homered in back-to-back games with six RBI in that span.
The Marlins are 1-4 on a six-game road trip and will return to the Sunshine State tonight to kick off a nine-game homestand versus Toronto, St. Louis and Philadelphia. They wrapped up a nine-game homestand last Wednesday and went just 1-8 on the residency.
Carlos Zambrano will try to pitch himself and the Marlins back into the win column when he takes the ball Thursday. Zambrano has lost consecutive starts since winning two in a row and has lasted no more than 2 1/3 innings in each of his previous outings (4 1/3 total). In an 11-0 loss at Tampa Bay on Friday, Zambrano allowed four runs on three hits and six walks in only two innings to fall to 4-5 in 13 starts to go along with a 3.92 earned run average.
The right-hander, who gave up seven runs in 2 1/3 frames against the Rays on June 9 and has a 22.85 ERA in his past two appearances, is 3-2 on the road this season and 0-0 with a 5.91 ERA in two career starts against the Red Sox.
The Marlins, who lost two of three at home to the Red Sox last week, won the inaugural series with Boston back in 1997, but have lost each of the nine series since. The Marlins are 10-19 overall in this series.
- MIAMI: 5
Jun 21 10:23 PM
- Daniel Nava single to center scored Ryan Kalish. Runner on first with one out and Dustin Pedroia due up.
Marlins 5, Red Sox 6 Bot 8, 1 OutJun 21 10:09 PM
- Will Middlebrooks none-out, two-run Home Run (8) to center scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Ryan Kalish due up.
Marlins 5, Red Sox 5 Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 21 10:04 PM
- Omar Infante double to left scored Greg Dobbs. Runner on second with two outs and Scott Cousins due up.
Marlins 5, Red Sox 3 Top 6, 2 OutsJun 21 9:25 PM
- Giancarlo Stanton one-out, solo Home Run (15) to left. Logan Morrison due up.
Marlins 4, Red Sox 3 Top 6, 1 OutJun 21 9:18 PM
- Will Middlebrooks single to right scored Adrian Gonzalez. On the play, Jarrod Saltalamacchia advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Ryan Kalish due up.
Marlins 3, Red Sox 3 Bot 5, 2 OutsJun 21 9:08 PM
- Mike Aviles sacrifice fly to center scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Runner on first with two outs and Daniel Nava due up.
Marlins 3, Red Sox 2 Bot 4, 2 OutsJun 21 8:40 PM
- Will Middlebrooks single to right scored Cody Ross. On the play, Jarrod Saltalamacchia advances to second. Runners on first and second with none out and Ryan Kalish due up.
Marlins 3, Red Sox 1 Bot 4, 0 OutsJun 21 8:37 PM
- Omar Infante single to center scored Greg Dobbs. Runner on first with two outs and Scott Cousins due up.
Marlins 3, Red Sox 0 Top 1, 2 OutsJun 21 7:33 PM
- Greg Dobbs single to right scored Jose Reyes and Giancarlo Stanton. Runner on first with two outs and Omar Infante due up.
Marlins 2, Red Sox 0 Top 1, 2 OutsJun 21 7:30 PM
- MIAMI: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 21 7:13 PM
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- Napoli returning to Red Sox Fri
- Marlins finalize deal with Furcal Fri
- Marlins make Saltalamacchia signing official Fri
- Report: Furcal agrees to one-year deal with Marlins Fri
- Report: BoSox to add Mujica Thu
- Red Sox ink Pierzynski to one-year deal Wed
- Red Sox, Pierzynski agree to deal Dec 3
- Red Sox non-tender former closer Bailey Dec 2
- Red Sox acquire Badenhop from Brewers Nov 22
- Pedroia has successful surgery on thumb Nov 13
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