MLB Game Summary - Boston at Miami|
(Monday, June 11th)
Final Score: Miami 4, Boston 1
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - The Miami Marlins only had one baserunner past
the second inning but did enough in the first two frames to beat their former
ace and the Boston Red Sox, 4-1, in the opener of a three-game interleague
Josh Johnson (4-4) bettered Josh Beckett with seven innings of one-run ball,
and Donovan Solano drove in two runs to help Miami snap a six-game losing
streak. Johnson allowed four hits and one walk while fanning seven.
"Johnson continued to throw the ball pretty well," Marlins manager Ozzie
Guillen said. "And he was going against a lineup that can hit. He handled it
Boston's struggles continued, losing for the seventh time in eight games
despite Beckett (4-7) retiring 16 of the final 17 hitters he faced in a seven-
Beckett, who spent five years with the Marlins from 2001-05, was greeted by a
leadoff triple from Jose Reyes in his first start against his former club.
Solano followed with a sacrifice fly, and Giancarlo Stanton kept the first
inning alive with a two-out single. Logan Morrison then doubled high off the
right-field wall, and Adrian Gonzalez bobbled the ball off the fence, allowing
Stanton to come around to score.
Gaby Sanchez, in his second game since being recalled from the minors, added
an RBI single, and Solano made it 4-0 with a run-scoring base hit to center in
Beckett was masterful from then on, but the Red Sox had little success at the
Johnson retired three in a row after Boston's first two hitters reached base,
then did not allow a runner to reach past first until the sixth, when Scott
Podsednik singled with one away and moved to third on Dustin Pedroia's double.
The Sox only pushed one run across on Adrian Gonzalez's sac fly, and Steve
Cishek and Heath Bell picked up where Johnson left off.
Cishek worked around a two-out single in the eighth, and Bell shook off a
leadoff walk in the ninth by striking out David Ortiz, Jarrod Saltalamacchia
and Kevin Youkilis to pick up his 13th save.
"Johnson was pretty tough," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "We had a
couple of opportunities against him...but every fire he put out."
Beckett, who allowed six hits and one walk while striking out five, won the
2003 World Series MVP with the Marlins. He was traded to the Red Sox leading
up to the 2006 season...Johnson has not lost an interleague start since June
23, 2007 vs. Minnesota -- a streak of nine straight outings...Reyes celebrated
his 29th birthday on Monday...The Marlins can earn their first series win over
the Red Sox since 1997 on Tuesday when Mark Buehrle toes the rubber opposite
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