David Ortiz ignited the Red Sox offense with a two-run homer in the first inning, leading his Boston Red Sox to win 7-5 over the Miami Marlins last night at Fenway Park. The Sox lineup brought out the big bats to earn their third consecutive victory that also featured home runs by Kelly Shoppach and Cody Ross.
Clay Buchholz was solid through six and the bullpen held Miami scoreless in the remaining three innings. “Clay didn’t have his great stuff tonight and the offense seemed to sense it,” said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. “They were going to do what they had to do to get us enough runs.”
Boston is now one game over .500 at 34-33 and seven games behind the AL East leading New York Yankees. They will host the Marlins for two more games this week before welcoming the Atlanta Braves for three games starting Friday, June 22nd.