Bogaerts delivers clutch hit to give Sox 4-3 win vs. Marlins


BOSTON - For six and a half innings Tuesday night, it seemed as if a season-long problem -- the inability to deliver big hits with men in scoring position -- was going to sink the Red Sox again.

But Xander Bogaerts changed that narrative in a big way, driving a sharp single just to right of second base that cleared the bases and produced three runs, sending the Red Sox a 4-3 comeback win over the Miami Marlins.

It was just the fifth time in 39 tries that the Sox won a game in which they trailed after six innings.

The win was Boston's eighth in the last 11 games and moved them to within five games of the .500 mark.

Prior to the at-bat by Bogaerts, the Sox had been 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and had hit into two inning-ending double plays in the first four innings.

Boston's only run until Bogaerts came through came in the second when three straight singles from the bottom third of the order put the Sox ahead 1-0.

The Sox could thank Miami third baseman Miguel Rojas, whose error with two on and one out allowed the big comeback inning to build.

Starter Wade Miley didn't factor into the decision, but turned in a quality start. He pitched into the seventh inning and allowed three runs on seven hits while establishing a season high with nine strikeouts.

The Sox got four huge outs from Junichi Tazawa, who stranded a runner in scoring position in the seventh. Koji Uehara closed it out with his 20th save.


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