Tanner Houck tossed five shutout innings in his major league debut and get four innings of two-hit relief from three relievers to earn a win as the Red Sox blanked the Miami Marlins, 2-0.
Houck struck out seven and walked three en route to his victory.
Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled home the only run the Sox would need, while Christian Vazquez dropped a bloop single into center to give the Sox an insurance run in the eighth.
WHO: Red Sox (17-31) vs. Miami Marlins (24-21)
WHEN: 6:40 p.m.
WHERE: Marlins Park
STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Tanner Houck (MLB debut) vs. RHP Sandy Alcantara (2-1, 3.97)
TV/RADIO: NESN; WEEI 93.7 FM
B8th: Terrific running catch by Yairo Munoz, who reaches up on the backhand and hauls in a ball to rob Jazz Chisholm of extra bases.
T8th: Christian Vazquez lofts a blooper into shallow CF, scoring Devers with a huge insurance run.
T8th: Ill-conceived pickoff attempt by James Hoyt, who tries to pick off Rafael Devers (double), but the plan backfires as the throw goes into CF and Devers moves to third.
B6th: First appearance on the mound for Dylan Covey since in more than month, and he sets the Marlins down in order in the bottom of the sixth and again in the seventh.
T6th: Jackie Bradley Jr. reaches out and slices a pitch on the outside corner to left, scoring Bogaerts and sending Vazquez to third.
T5th: Red Sox had something going vs. Sandy Alcantara for the first time, with first-and-second and one out, but Yairo Munoz struck out and Verdugo flied out, ending the threat.
B4th: For the second time in the last three innings, Houck bails himself out of a first-and-second jam by getting someone swinging.
T3rd: Opposite-field single for Alex Verdugo, giving him an 11-game hitting streak in interleague play.
B2nd: Impressive that Houck got two strikeouts on his splitter to left-handed hitters. He's had a lot of trouble getting out lefties and dropped his changeup in favor of the split-finger fastball as his "out'' pitch to them. Worked twice there.
B1st: The Marlins have help out Tanner Houck as Corey Dickerson lines a leadoff single to left-center, but is thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.