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BSJ Game Report: Red Sox 5, Marlins 3 – Sox hold off Marlins to win series, post winning road trip

All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 5-3 win over the Marlins, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:



Sox continue to grind it out: The win gave the Red Sox a win in their series against Miami and left them with a winning record (5-4) on the nine-game road trip, with three series against playoff contenders. And while it's true that major leaguers are always supposed to provide effort all the way to the end, that's not always the case for teams that find themselves out of contention with weeks remaining in the schedule. "That's what we appreciate the most, with these guys continuing to play just as hard as they did on Opening Day,'' said Ron Roenicke. "That says a lot about the player and what's important -- to be able to play the game just as hard now as (earlier), that's pretty impressive. It tells a lot about the individuals and it says a lot about the group.'' It also says something about Roenicke's whose future is yet to be determined. That the Sox have remained focus and competitive in the last month speaks highly of his ability to keep the team motivated and the respect they have for him.

Plawecki continues to produce big at-bats: As a backup catcher, Kevin Plawecki doesn't get a chance to play all that much. He's mostly reserved for double-headers and, like Thursday, day games after night games. But when he's played this season, he's made his presence felt in the batter's box. Plawecki was always a good hitting catcher in the minor leagues, but as a backup in the big leagues, he's hadn't kept that up. This year, that's been different. Heading into Thursday's game, he was averaging an RBI every 4,67 at-bats, the best figure of his career. And that trend continued in the sixth inning when he had a marathon at-bat that resulted in a two-run single to snap what had been a scoreless tie. Plawecki is now 9-for-20 with runners in scoring position this season."I don't try to do anything different, I don't try to get too big,'' Plawecki offered. "I try not to let the moment get too big for me. I just try to control my breath, control the moment and get a pitch that I can hit. I try to stick to my game plan. If I get out, I get out. I've been seeing the ball so much better this year and my swing has allowed me to have (good) results.''