Buchholz strong again as Sox hook Marlins, 2-1

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Buchholz strong again as Sox hook Marlins, 2-1

MIAMI -- Clay Buchholz turned in his fourth consecutive strong start, limiting the Miami Marlins to a single run over seven innings, while making some meager support from his lineup stand up, snapping the Red Sox' four-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory.

Buchholz five hits while striking out a season-high nine. Over his last four starts, he's compiled a 1.35 ERA and struck out 28 over 31 innings.

The game was scoreless through the first six innings before Kelly Shoppach belted his second double of the night, scoring Will Middlebrooks from first. A run-scoring single from Mike Aviles then scored Shoppach. Both runs came off Miami starter Mark Buehrle

The lone Marlins run came on a leadoff homer by Logan Morrison off Buchholz in the bottom of the seventh, his final inning of work.

Vicente Padilla worked out of a first-and-third, two-out jam in the eighth when he caught Giancarlo Stanton looking at a called third strike.

Alfredo Aceves pitched the ninth and recorded his 15th save and first since June 2.

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.

Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double. 

The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park. 

Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

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Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games. 

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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.