Who are you callin' Toxic? Sox top Marlins, 7-5

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Who are you callin' Toxic? Sox top Marlins, 7-5

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.

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Could John Henry sell ownership of the Boston Red Sox anytime soon, or does he want to keep winning?  Shaughnessy, Merloni, and Tanguay debate.