MIAMI -- Clay Buchholz turned in his fourth straight stellar start, this time resulting in a 2-1 victory for the Red Sox over the Marlins on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.
Buchholz, who allowed one run on five hits over seven innings, has given up just five earned runs over his last 31 frames while lowering his ERA to 5.38. Against the Marlins, the righty also struck out nine while walking two. His only mistake came in the seventh, when he surrendered a solo home run to Logan Morrison.
The Red Sox offense was paced by Kelly Shoppach, with the catcher driving in the game's first run via a double in the seventh. Shoppach's second hit of the night, which scored Will Middlebrooks, was followed by an RBI single from Mike Aviles.
The Sox' pivotal seventh inning came against Marlins starter Mark Buehrle, who had held the visitors to just two hits heading into the frame. The lefty finished his seven-inning outing giving up the two runs on five hits, fanning four and walking one.
Sox reliever Vicente Padilla got out of a jam in the eighth by fanning Giancarlo Stanton to end the inning with runners on first and third. Alfredo Aceves came on to pitch a scoreless ninth for his 15th save.
The win was just the second for the Red Sox in their last nine games, improving Bobby Valentine's team to 30-32.
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