It was a good night to do Trivia last night, as a huge crowd came in, and the Red Sox provided some entertainment too, as they blasted three home runs and outlasted the Miami Marlins, 7-5.
Clay Buchholz was shaky from the onset, as he allowed a two-run shot to Logan Morrison in the first inning. It looked like the Buchholz who was setting dubious pitching records earlier in the season was making a return.
But Big Papi got the Sox even again in the first, as he hit a two-run homer after Dustin Pedroia doubled. The Sox added two more in the second, but Miami wouldn't go away, and specifally Morrison, who doubled in a run in the third.
Kelly Shoppach made it 4-2 in the second with his fourth home run of the year. Cody Ross, back from his DL stint, hit a bomb over the Monster that made it 5-3 in the fourth. But that man Morrison was back in the fifth, as he doubled in two more that tied things again at 5.
The Sox added single runs in the fifth and sixth on RBIs by Adrian Gonzalez and Will Middlebrooks to put them ahead to stay, 7-5.
Buchholz went six, gave up all five runs, and struck out three. Nothing terrific, but good enough for his 8th win. The bullpen, which has become the Red Sox strength, was stellar again, as Matt Albers, Andrew Miller, Vicente Padilla and Alfredo Aceves shut down Miami on one hit over the final three. Aceves gained his 17th save.
The Sox are back over .500 again, at 34-33. They trail Toronto, who won last night, by a half-game for fourth place.