Red Sox offense explodes against Marlins

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Red Sox offense explodes against Marlins

MIAMI -- After scuffling for runs for much of the last week, the Red Sox exploded offensively at Marlins Park Wednesday night, pounding out 14 hits in a 10-2 rout of Miami.
The 10 runs were nearly as many as the team had scored in its previous five games (12) combined, and included an inning in which they batted around and saw Nick Punto collect as many hits in that frame as he had for the entire month of May.
"We needed to score some runs,'' said David Ortiz, who got the Red Sox on the board in the third with an opposite-field homer, his 15th of the season. "We've been a little short. Our pitching's been stepping up and we've been facing some good pitching the past week. It's crazy how that works.''
The 10 runs were the most the Sox had scored in a game since May 13 when they scored 12 in a 12-1 bashing of Cleveland.
The first four hitters in the Red Sox lineup had multi-hit games, with Adrian Gonzalez leading the way with three hits. Gonzalez had two RBI, to along with three RBI for Ortiz.
In all, six different Red Sox hitters had at least two hits and six different Red Sox had at least one RBI.
Punto, who took an .188 batting average into the game, opened the eighth with a pinch-hit double off the wall in right. When the lineup rolled over, he came up a second time and drilled a two-run single, becoming the first Red Sox hitter to collect two hits in an inning -- with one of them being a pinch-hit -- since Eric Hinske did so on July 21, 2007.

Red Sox can't rally against Rays after Chris Archer's start

Red Sox can't rally against Rays after Chris Archer's start

The appearance of Tampa Bay Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough almost got the Boston Red Sox back in their spring training exhibition game. The Sox managed to score all three of their runs against the 25-year-old in their 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida on Sunday.

But the Rays, who scored runs in five different innings, managed to widen their lead in the eighth inning by beating up on Sox lefty Luis Isla, a 24-year-old who spent last season with Portland and Pawtucket. In the eighth, Rays' Joe McCarthy homered and Luke Maile managed an RBI single, which cappped off the scoring in the contest. Sox starter Hector Velazquez allowed three hits and an earned run in his two innnings. The 28-year-old, who spent 2016 in the Mexican League, still managed to amass four strikeouts.

"I was a little nervous at the start, being in the United States for the first time and playing for a big league club for the first time," Velazquez told RedSox.com through an interpreter. "But once I got the first out, all the nerves went away, and I was able to bear down."

Despite allowing two homers, Boston pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.

With the exception of the Sox' inning against Yarbrough, Boston's veterans and prospects struggled mighltily against the Rays pitching staff. Chris Archer started for Tampa, and set the tone in the first two innings, where he threw two strikeouts, one walk and allowed one hit and no runs. Andrew Benintendi (0-for-3), Sam Travis (0-for-2) and Bryce Brentz (0-for-3) went hitless on the day. Travis, however, reached base on balls.

"I felt good. I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish," Archer said, via the Red Sox' team website. "Just out there having fun, it was really fun to be out there in the spectrum with the umpire, the fans, the batter. It was fun."

Marco Hernandez's triple got the Sox' eighth-inning off to a strong start, and singles from Matt Dominguez, Deven Marrero, Rusney Castillo and Cole Sturgeon followed. The Sox' eighth inning scoring ended after Castillo got thrown out by left fielder McCarthy at third. Six Red Sox finished with one-hit outings, including Brock Holt and Blake Swihart.

The Sox will next host the St. Louis Cardinals in Fort Myers on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET.