David Ortiz hit his 15th home run of the season as the Red Sox took down the Marlins. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Closing Time: David Ortiz, Rick Porcello lead Red Sox over Marlins for 4th straight win

Ryan Hannable
July 08, 2015 - 5:51 pm
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After 86 games, the Red Sox did something for the first time all season -- win four games in a row. Led by a four-run third inning, the Red Sox beat the Marlins 6-3, taking both games of the two-game series. With the win, they became the last team to put together a four-game win streak in the majors this season. Overall, they have won nine of their last 12 games. The four second inning runs came courtesy of an error by starter Tom Koehler as all four runs were unearned. Ryan Hanigan worked a one-out walk and then Mookie Betts reached on the error as Koehler air mailed his throw to first base. Brock Holt drove Hanigan in with an RBI groundout followed by an RBI infield single from Xander Bogaerts. The big blow came from the next batter, David Ortiz, as he crushed a homer over the Green Monster -- his second opposite field homer of the year. "He's been swinging the bat well and better swings against left-handers," manager John Farrell said. "It's good to see him drive the ball out of the ballpark the other way. He gets a breaking ball from Koehler and then the line drive ground rule double. There was a lot of hard contact from him tonight. Solid outing for him." The biggest story coming into the game was Rick Porcello and his 6.08 ERA, but the right-hander bounced back from his seven runs in two innings last week in Toronto. He went six innings allowing two runs on eight hits, while walking one and striking out four. Porcello once again had trouble in a "shutdown" inning, as after the Red Sox scored the four runs in the third, the right-hander allowed two runs in the top of the fourth. The Marlins recorded five straight hits in the inning, but thanks to a nice defensive play by himself on the mound with the bases loaded, he was able to escape further damage. The right-hander picked up his first win since May 16. "I thought he was done the bottom of the strike zone with good action to his sinker, better than he's been, evident by the number of ground ball outs he was able to record," Farrell said. "He certainly helped himself with a couple of key defense plays, particularly the final out in that fourth inning. Then righted the ship and came out with two clean innings after that. I though he and [Hanigan]worked well. They changed up some sequences depending on left and right and multiple times through the order. A lift for Rick for sure, and a start that we needed out of him." The Red Sox added an insurance run in the sixth inning when Pablo Sandoval hit into a double play, but Ortiz scored and another in the seventh when Alejandro De Aza stole third base and scored when the throw from catcher J.T. Realmuto went into left field. Five of the Red Sox' six runs scored in the game were unnearned and eight over the two games of the series. Aside from Matt Barnes allowing a run in the eighth, Robbie Ross Jr. tossed a 1-2-3 seventh and Koji Uehara earned his 21st save of the year with a perfect ninth. Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox' win: WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Holt extended his hit streak to eight games with a single in the first inning. He finished the game 1-for-4 and is now batting .314 in those eight games. -- Ortiz snapped an 0-for-9 skid with his homer in the second and followed that with a ground rule double to the triangle in the sixth inning. The home run was his 15th of the season and he also scored two runs. -- Bogaerts also extended his hit streak to seven games with a single in the third. He finished the game 1-for-4 and over the seven game streak he's batting .400. WHAT WENT WRONG -- Sandoval went 0-for-3 in the game, including the double play. He's currently 0 for his last 8. -- Shane Victorino went 0-for-3. He's 3-for-14 since his return from the disabled list last week. -- Barnes allowed a solo homer in the eighth inning to Michael Morse. He's now allowed 10 earned runs in his last eight appearances.

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