Alex Verdugo Powers Red Sox Past Marlins in Rain-Shortened Ballgame

After the field was drenched, and the rain was only picking up more and more, the tarp was put on the field in the middle of the sixth inning, and would never come off.

  • Martin Perez goes five: Martin Perez picked up his third consecutive win and moved his season record to 3-2 after going five innings. The left-hander allowed just a two-run homer from Jorge Alfaro in the second, for the Marlins only runs of the ballgame. Perez gave up five runs while striking out four and walking none.
  • Red Sox pick up two runs in third: The Red Sox tied it up in the bottom of the third inning at 2-2. Hunter Renfroe doubled to left field with one out, followed by a walk from Kike Hernandez. J.D. Martinez thus yielded a two-out double to drive in both, and tie up the ballgame.
  • Alex Verdugo hits go-ahead three-run big fly: In the bottom of the fifth, with one out and runners on second and third, Alex Verdugo lifted a first-pitch breaking ball into right-center field to put the Red Sox up 5-2. It would end up being the difference.
  • Ottavino records save despite jam: Struggling to get a grip for the ball in the pouring rain, Adam Ottavino loaded the bases walking three straight batters with two outs in the top of the sixth. On an 0-2 count, he would manage to fan Isan Diaz with a fastball. The grounds crew would bring out the tarp, and the game would be called into just the sixth inning, leaving Ottavino with his second save of the season.
  • What’s next? The Red Sox take on the Marlins at 4:10PM EST, weather permitting. Nate Eovaldi (5-2, 4.39 ERA) faces Trevor Rogers (6-2, 1.75 ERA) Saturday.

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