|Closing Time: Red Sox move above .500; Dustin Pedroia’s thumb acts up||06.19.12 at 10:04 pm ET|
It was some good news for the Red Sox, with potentially some really bad news mixed in.
The positive for the hosts Tuesday night was a 7-5 win over the Marlins, allowing the Sox to creep over .500 (34-33). The win was buoyed by three home runs (David Ortiz, Kelly Shoppach, Cody Ross), with Red Sox scoring at least one run in five of the first six innings.
The dark cloud on the evening for the Sox came when Dustin Pedroia left the game following his at-bat in the seventh inning, which saw the second baseman make the inning’s second out via a broken bat pop-up to first base. After the out, Pedroia could be seen shaking his right hand/thumb before immediately going down into the tunnel. He was replaced in the field in the eighth by Nick Punto.
Pedroia hadn’t missed back since returning from a tear in his adductor muscle on June 5, hitting .160 (8-for-50) in 12 games. In the at-bat prior to his seventh inning plate appearance, Pedroia executed a sacrifice bunt in the fifth inning. He had doubled and grounded back to the pitcher in his first two at-bats. (To read more about Pedroia’s approach since returning from the injury, click here.)
Here is what went right (and wrong) for the Red Sox in their 34th win of the season:
WHAT WENT RIGHT
- Kelly Shoppach continued his dominance of Miami starter Mark Buehrle, taking the lefty deep for a two-run homer in the second inning. Shoppach came into the game 7-for-16 with three homers against the former White Sox hurler.
- Buehrle allowed three home runs in a game for the first time since 2009, also letting David Ortiz go deep for a two-run blast in the first inning, and Cody Ross to clear the left field wall in the fourth on a solo homer.
- Just after missing out on tagging out the Marlins’ fifth run via a relay throw from Mike Aviles, Shoppach came back to expertly block the play as Morrison tried to score on an infield single from Greg Dobbs.
- The Red Sox executed small ball perfectly to reclaim the lead in the fifth inning, with Aviles leading off the frame with a ground rule double, moving to third on Dustin Pedroia’s sacrifice bunt, and then scoring via Adrian Gonzalez’ sacrifice fly to right field.
- Clay Buchholz struggled somewhat, allowing five runs on nine hits over six innings, but only walked one and stayed in the game long enough to pick up his eighth win.
- The Red Sox managed their final run int he sixth inning when Will Middlebrooks doubled in Kevin Youkilis with an RBI double. The double by Youkilis — which went into the right field corner — marked his second extra-base hit since June 3.
WHAT WENT WRONG
- Logan Morrison’s fly ball to center field with two outs in the fifth inning probably should have been caught by Ryan Kalish, who chose to play the carom, allowing two runs to score to knot the game at 5-5. The fly ball hit off the wall just a few feet from the ground. Kalish would experience another defensive miscue in the seventh inning when he let Jose Reyes’ routine fly ball clang off his glove for a three-base error.
- The two RBI for Morrison followed a two-run homer by the designated hitter, who also launched a homer against Buchholz when the teams faced off in Miami.
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