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The Boston Red Sox winning streak continues! After a series of one-run wins, the Red Sox finally got a relatively comfortable win for the first time all season. The power bats came alive as the Boston Red Sox defeat the Miami Marlins, 7-3. Spot starter Brian Johnson pitched six innings of one-run ball, and Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts both hit their first home runs of the year.
Boston Red Sox Defeat Miami Marlins, 7-3
The Boston Red Sox starting rotation got off to a historic start against the Tampa Bay Rays, and Brian Johnson looked to continue that trend against the Miami Marlins. Johnson finished his night allowing just one run in six innings of work, adding to an already unprecedented run of success. He ran into trouble a few times, but consistently pitched his way out of damage.
The Red Sox offense struggled in the opening series against Tampa Bay, and their struggles continued throughout the first three innings. However, Boston’s bats came alive in the top of the fourth. Xander Bogaerts began the madness with the weakest infield single the world has ever seen. However, that single started an offensive onslaught. Eduardo Nunez brought in Bogaerts on a double, and Christian Vazquez drove in both Nunez and Jackie Bradley with a double of his own.
The Red Sox would add to their lead just one inning later. Andrew Benintendi finally got his first hit of the season on the second weakest infield single the world has ever seen. Just like in the fourth inning, the infield single woke the offense up. Hanley Ramirez hit an absolute bomb down the left field line, making it a 5-1 game and effectively ending the contest.
The rest of the game was just a formality. Mookie Betts hit his first home run of the season in the sixth inning, and the bullpen did their job. Marcus Walden made it interesting in the eighth inning by allowing a few baserunners and some hard contact. However, Walden managed to limit the damage to just one one run.
With the win, the Red Sox move to 4-1 on the season. They finish the series with the Marlins tomorrow, with Chris Sale taking the mound.