Hamilton and O'Neill score runs in the 12th inning to help the Red Sox win 6-5 over the Marlins | Baseball

MIAMI (AP) — Automatic runner Romy Gonzalez scored a game-winning run on an RBI groundout by David Hamilton in the 12th inning, Tyler O'Neill added an RBI double and the Boston Red Sox beat the Miami Marlins 6-5 on Thursday to sweep the three-game series.

Gonzalez got to third base on Ceddanne Rafaela's single against Matt Andriese (0-1) and then ran to third on Hamilton's grounder. O'Neill followed with a hit to the warning track in center field that scored Rafaela.

Red Sox starter Nick Pivetta didn't get a hit until the seventh inning, when that attempt was interrupted by a two-out triple from Jesús Sánchez, who missed the cycle by a single.

Zack Kelly (3-1) threw two innings as a relief pitcher. Greg Weissert finished the game, holding the Marlins in the 12th inning on Jonah Bride's sacrifice fly, earning his first major league save.

The Red Sox squandered two leads before celebrating their fifth road win of the season.

“We did a good job, they did a good job,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “The baserunning was outstanding today. We battled with them and never stopped playing.”

Run-scoring singles by O'Neill and Enmanuel Valdez in the 11th inning gave the Red Sox a 4-2 lead, but Sánchez tied it in the second half with a two-run homer on Kelly's first pitch.

“It's an extremely tough sport. Guys get on base,” Pivetta said. “Sanchez – he hit a good fastball and hats off to him. I think the more important thing today is that we won as a team and I think that was really good.”

After Sánchez's three-pointer off the wall in center, Pivetta finished his appearance with a strikeout of Jake Burger. Pivetta managed two walks and 10 strikeouts, which was his longest start of the season.

“He was really good,” Cora said. “He rammed the strike zone and had a good fastball. The sweeper was good. He had everything under control. He gave us what we needed.”

Rafael Devers scored two runs and had three walks, while Hamilton had a single, a walk and two stolen bases for the Red Sox, who won their fourth straight game.

Boston's Connor Wong went 0 for 2, ending his hitting streak at 17.

Burger recorded five strikeouts, becoming the third Marlins player to do so in a game.

The Marlins had a chance to win the game in the ninth inning, but Red Sox centerfielder Jarren Duran threw out Sánchez at the plate as he attempted to score from second base on Xavier Edwards' single. The throw and catcher Reese McGuire's tag at the plate prevented the Marlins' ninth walk-off of the season.

“I just tried to stay calm and not put too much pressure on the ball,” Duran said. “I knew if I threw it well, I would have a chance to catch it.”

The Marlins unsuccessfully denied that McGuire blocked Sánchez's path to the batting crease.

“If he hadn't blocked the plate there, I would have had more opportunities to make it and score,” Sánchez said. “That's part of the game. We weren't frustrated because we understand the game, but you have to keep going and try to win the game and that's our mentality.”

Kyle Tyler limited Boston to two runs and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. In his third major league appearance, Tyler had three walks and three strikeouts.

“It was a good comeback – I wish I could say victory – but a really good comeback,” said Marlins manager Skip Schumaker. “Fun baseball game. It's just a shame we couldn't leave the field as winners.”


Marlins: INF Otto López (lower back inflammation) was placed on the 10-day injured list and Bride was recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville. … RHP Anthony Maldonado was sent to Jacksonville and Andriese was optioned from the same minor league club.


Red Sox: RHP Tanner Houck (7-6, 2.67) will start Friday when the Red Sox open a three-game road series against the New York Yankees. LHP Nestor Cortes (4-7, 3.51) will start for New York.

Marlins: RHP Bryan Hoeing (0-0, 1.83) will start the opener of their three-game home series against the Chicago White Sox on Friday. RHP Drew Thorpe (2-1, 4.43) will start for the White Sox.


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