BOSTON The Red Sox put pregame talk of toxic reports behind them to beat the Marlins, 7-5, at Fenway Park. With the win, they also put the .500 mark behind them again.
Clay Buchholz was not nearly as sharp as he had been in his recent outings, going six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and walk with three strikeouts, a home run, and a hit batter. But it was enough to earn the win, improving his record to 8-2 although his ERA rose from 5.38 to 5.53.
Buchholz, as he has been for most of the season, was the beneficiary of solid run support. He leads the majors with 7.71 runs of support per nine innings.
Logan Morrison did all the damage for the Marlins against Buchholz.He had a two-out, two-run home run in the first inning, a two-out, RBI double in the third, and two-out, two-run double in the fifth. But his baserunning mistake, trying to score from second on Greg Dobbs single to Will Middlebrooks ended the fifth.
Mark Buehrle took the loss for the Marlins. He went five innings, giving up six runs on seven hits with no walks, one strikeout, and three home runs. His record fell to 5-8.
David Ortiz had a two-out, two-run home run in the first, scoring Dustin Pedroia who had doubled, tying the score. It was Ortizs 17th home run of the season.
Kelly Shoppach added a two-out, two run homer in the second, scoring Middlebrooks. It was Shoppachs fourth homer of the season.
Cody Ross, who was activated from the disabled list before the game, hit solo shot into the Monster seats in left-center with one out in the fourth. It was his ninth home run of the season.
The Sox added solo runs in the fifth and sixth. IN the fifth Mike Aviles reached on a ground-rule double to right, taking third on Dustin Pedroias sacrifice bunt, scoring on Adrian Gonzalezs sacrifice fly to right.
In the sixth Kevin Youkilis led off with a double and scored on Will Middlebrooks double.