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Final: Red Sox 5, Miami Marlins 3

The Red Sox broke open a scoreless pitcher's duel with two runs in sixth and three more in the seventh, then hung on to hold off the Miami Marlins, 5-3.

The win enabled the Sox to win the series and post a winning record (5-4) on their nine-game road trip.

Kevin Plawecki drove home two with a single to left in the sixth and Rafael Devers added a three-run homer the next inning. It was the fifth homer in the last 10 games for Devers.

Nathan Eovaldi tossed five shutout innings for his first win since Aug. 20.

 

WHO: Red Sox (18-32) vs. Miami Marlins (25-22)
WHEN: 1:10 p.m.
WHERE: Marlins Park
SERIES TO DATE: 1-1
STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-2, 4.82) vs. RHP Jose Urena (0-1, 7.71)
TV/RADIO: NESN; WEEI 93.7 FM

LINEUPS

RED SOX

Verdugo RF
Devers 3B
Bogaerts SS
Martinez DH
Plawecki C
Bradley CF
Munoz LF
Dalbec 1B
Arroyo 2B

MARLINS

Dickerson LF
Marte CF
Aguilar 1B
Joyce RF
Anderson 3B
Cooper DH
Rojas SS
Chisholm 2B
Wallach C

IN-GAME OBSERVATIONS:

B7th:  Lefty Jeffrey Spring inherits a mess from Phillips Valdez -- two on, no out -- and things have tightened considerably with consecutive hits from pinch-hitter Jorge Alfaro and Chad Wallach. Marlins suddenly have the potential tying run at the plate with no outs.

T7th:   A slider to the happy zone for Rafael Devers, who hammers it out to right for a three-run homer. Sox go from a somewhat tenuous 2-0 lead to a much more comfortable 5-0 lead.

B6th:  Easily, Nate Eovaldi's best outing of the season -- Five innings, two hits, no walks, no runs and 76 pitches, a relatively efficient pitch count.

T6th:  Kevin Plawecki, who's been a tough out in big situations this season, hangs in for a tough at-bat and raps a single to left field, scoring two. The Sox had been 1-for-17 with RISP.

B5th:  Terrific work from Eovaldi, who gets out of a first-and-third, no-out jam with two strikeouts and a groundout.

B5th:   Marlins with a chance here in the bottom of the fifth, putting runners at the corners with no out as they produce their first two hits of the afternoon against Eovaldi.

B5th:  Munoz has been taken out of the game, presumably with some sort of injury. Tzu-Wei Lin off the bench and into the outfield to replace him.

B4th:  Eovaldi continues to look impressive and hasn't allowed a base hit through the first four innings.

B2nd: Verdugo takes a hit away from Migiel Rojas with a sliding backhand catch near the foul line. A much more efficient inning for Eovaldi, too, as he needed just five pitches to record the three outs.

B1st:  Nathan Eovaldi works through the first inning, but as is often the case, it takes a lot of pitches: 20.

T1st:  For the second game in a row, Red Sox have wasted a two-on, no-out opportunity in the first inning. In the last 10 innings, they're 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

T1st: Rafael Devers has a 10-game hitting streak with a bullet of a single down the RF line.

T1st: Alec Verdugo extends his hitting streak to seven straight with a leadoff single