The Miami Marlins opened their series with the Boston Red Sox on Monday night with a 4-1 win at Marlins Park. Boston came into the game fresh off being swept by the Washington Nationals and their woes continued on Monday, with Josh Johnson cruising through seven innings. Johnson struck out seven and allowed just one run on four hits as the Boston lineup scuffled in a quick game. Steve Cishek and Heath Bell kept the Red Sox off the board over the final two innings, with Bell striking out the side in a dominant ninth.
The Fish struck early on offense, battering Josh Beckett in the first inning for three runs. Adrian Gonzalez, who was moved to right field with the DH lost and David Ortiz forced to play first, committed an error on a Logan Morrison double that allowed Giancarlo Stanton to score. Miami pushed the lead to 3-0 on a Gaby Sanchez single that scored Morrison, Catcher John Buck led off the second inning with a single and after a sacrifice by Johnson, he was knocked in by Donovan Solano. Solano had two RBIs on the night and Miami's four runs in the first two innings would be all Johnson needed.
Mark Buerhle will take the ball for Game 2 and try to clinch the series. Clay Buchholz will be on the mound for Boston and try to play the role of streak-stopper.