May 21, 2018
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Doubront pitches Red Sox past reeling Marlins 10-2

The Associated Press

MIAMI — Felix Doubront allowed only three hits while pitching a career-high seven innings, and the Boston Red Sox beat the reeling Miami Marlins 10-2 Wednesday night.

Doubront (7-3), coming off the worst start of his career, retired 16 in a row and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He struck out nine and allowed two runs.

The left-hander hadn’t pitched more than 6 1-3 innings in his 15 previous career starts.

Boston’s David Ortiz hit his 15th homer and drove in three runs. Adrian Gonzalez hit a pair of RBI singles, and Scott Podsednik scored twice, drove in a run and had two hits to hike his average to .373.

The Red Sox took two of three games in the series, while the Marlins went 1-8 on their homestand. They were outscored 56-17 while hitting .196, including .127 (8 for 63) with runners in scoring position.

With temperatures at about 82 degrees, the teams played with the retractable roof open for the third night in a row, and the balmy weather seemed to suit Doubront fine. The Venezuelan faced an all-right-handed lineup and kept the Marlins on their heels with a fastball clocked at up to 95 mph.

Doubront twice struck out the side. He threw 81 pitches and the Red Sox led 4-0 before the Marlins managed a hit, which came on a homer by Jose Reyes with two outs in the sixth.

Three relievers completed a four-hitter.

Ricky Nolasco (6-5) allowed four runs, three earned, in six innings for Miami. In his past seven starts, he has five losses and an ERA of 5.98.

The Red Sox put the game away with five consecutive hits in a six-run eighth, including four against Randy Choate. He failed to retire a batter, and his ERA rose from 0.48 to 2.41.

Nick Punto pinch-hit for Doubront to start the inning and doubled, then added a two-run single when the Red Sox batted around.

Ortiz hit an opposite-field solo homer into the Marlins’ bullpen in the fourth. The Red Sox added two runs in the sixth on an RBI single by Gonzalez and a 400-foot sacrifice fly by Ortiz.

Boston went 7 for 12 with runners in scoring position.

The Marlins trailed 4-1 when Hanley Ramirez singled and Giancarlo Stanton doubled to start the seventh. But they scored only one run when Doubront retired the next three hitters, including Justin Ruggiano on a RBI forceout.

NOTES: Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis sat out with sore ribs after getting hit by a pitch from Steve Cishek on Tuesday. … The crowd of 33,119, which included many Red Sox fans, was the largest at Marlins Park since April 19. … 3B Ramirez made a leaping catch of Gonzalez’s liner in the fourth. … The Red Sox head to Wrigley Field this weekend for their second-ever visit. They went 1-2 there in 2005.

REDS 5, INDIANS 3: Brandon Phillips helped the Cincinnati Reds get through their illness with another strong game against his former team, hitting a two-run homer and driving in three runs in a 5-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.

Phillips’ two-run shot in the seventh inning made it 58 straight games with at least one homer at Great American Ball Park since July 29, the longest active streak in the majors.

Phillips also had an RBI single off Derek Lowe (7-5) and three hits overall against the team that gave up on him and traded him at the start of the 2006 season. Phillips is a .347 career hitter against Cleveland.

Mat Latos (5-2) pitched seven innings in place of Mike Leake, one of several Reds hit hard by a stomach virus. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his seventh save in nine chances, giving up a solo homer by Jose Lopez with two outs.

The left-hander didn’t give up an earned run in his first 24 appearances, but has done so in his last three outings.

Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 20 games, matching the longest in the majors this season. It’s the longest by an Indians player since Casey Blake hit in 26 straight games in 2007.

Otherwise, there wasn’t much offensively for Cleveland, which dropped the opener of the intrastate series 7-1 on Tuesday night even though the Reds were depleted by illness. They were closer to full strength on Wednesday, with several players eating chicken noodle soup for energy.

Rookie shortstop Zack Cozart missed a second straight game because of the illness.

Phillips avoided the virus and played a role in the biggest moments

The Gold Glove second baseman stole a hit from Lonnie Chisenhall in the second inning with the best defensive play of the game, going behind second base to make a barehanded catch and throw to first for the out.

When Lowe hit him on the left arm with a pitch in the fifth inning, plate umpire Paul Nauert warned both benches. There were no other incidents.

Ryan Ludwick and Jay Bruce had sacrifice flies off Lowe, who gave up three runs in six innings. Bruce leads the NL with seven sacrifice flies.

The Indians loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth inning, but managed only one run. Johnny Damon took a called third strike, Casey Kotchman grounded into a run-scoring forceout and Chisenhall grounded out.

Carlos Santana doubled — only the Indians’ second extra-base hit of the series — and eventually scored on Damon’s groundout in the sixth, cutting it to 3-2. Phillips hit his seventh homer off Nick Hagadone in the seventh.

NOTES: The Indians lead the interleague series 39-38. … Leake expects to start the final game of the series on Thursday afternoon, when he will be trying to win his third straight decision. The Indians will start Josh Tomlin, who is 4-0 in five career interleague starts with a 2.38 ERA. … RHP Esmil Rogers joined the Indians, a day after Cleveland got him from Colorado for cash. He pitched a hitless eighth inning. … The Indians optioned INF Matt LaPorta to Triple-A Columbus to open a roster spot. … Lowe singled in his first at-bat for his first hit of the season. Indians starters have a hit in each game of the series — Jeanmar Gomez singled for his first career hit on Tuesday. … Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer threw a ceremonial pitch. … Hits king Pete Rose was in the stands.

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