Marlins grab their first three-game sweep of Red Sox, are more than 13 games over .500 for first time since 2003
BOSTON — Jean Segura’s infield single broke up Brayan Bello’s no-hit bid with nobody out in the eighth inning, and the Miami Marlins followed with three more hits to break a scoreless tie and beat the Boston Red Sox 2-0 on Thursday night.
Bello held the Marlins hitless through seven, retiring major league batting leader Luis Arraez all three times he faced him. Arraez, who also drew an intentional walk in the eighth, saw his batting average drop from .396 to .392.
“That guy threw a really good game,” Arraez said. “He was nasty today.”
Bello (5-5) struck out five and walked one. He was charged with an earned run when Chris Martin relieved him and gave up an RBI single to Jon Berti that made it 1-0.
A base hit by Jesus Sanchez loaded the bases, Nick Fortes hit into a 5-2-3 double play and, after Arraez was intentionally walked to load the bases, Jorge Soler struck out to end the inning.
The Marlins (48-34) improved to 14 games over .500, the first time they have been better than 13 games over .500 since they were 91-71 after the regular-season finale on Sept. 28, 2003.
Jazz Chisholm Jr. added a solo homer in the ninth — his fourth homer in the last five games — to complete the three-game sweep and send Boston to its fifth straight loss. The Marlins have won five straight and 11 of their last 13 to rise 14 games above .500 for the first time since 2003.
“It was incredible to be a part of (the sweep),” said Marlins starter Jesus Luzardo, who allowed only three hits before leaving a scoreless game with one out in the seventh. “The team, how we’re playing, the energy in the clubhouse, everyone’s pulling for each other, no “I” guys. It’s just a lot of fun.”
The Red Sox only managed one hit of their own in the first six innings against Lazardo before chasing him in the seventh with back-to-back singles by Rafael Devers and Adam Duvall. But reliever Andrew Nardi (6-1) pitched out of trouble by striking out Masataka Yoshida and getting Christian Arroyo on a comebacker to the mound.
Boston registered just four hits in all, and also played sloppy defense.
“There’s days you’re going to score runs. There’s days you’re going to give it up,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “And today we pitched well; we didn’t hit.”
A.J. Puk pitched the ninth for his 13th save.
Bello’s bid came one day after Yankees righty Domingo Germán threw the 24th perfect game in major league history. It was also the first no-hitter of the season.
The Marlins pulled off their first three-game sweep of the Red Sox. bettering a 2-0 sweep in Miami from August 11-12, 2015. The only other time the Marlins had won two games against Boston was a 2-1 series win at Fenway in 1997.
Marlins: 1B Yuli Gurriel was scratched from the lineup after being hit in the face while taking grounders at first during batting practice. People rushed out to help him, and he was escorted off the field with a blood-stained towel covering his face. Arraez moved over to first base, and Segura took Gurriel’s No. 5 spot in the batting order.
Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale was cleared to throw following an MRI on his left shoulder. Sale threw from the pitching mound distance, but not at full speed. The 34-year-old Sale has been on the injured list since June 2.
HOW SWEEP IT IS
The win gave South Florida’s sports teams their ninth victory in Massachusetts in the past 72 days, with the Heat, Panthers and Marlins each with three wins, the Panthers and Heat conquests coming in their playoff seasons. For perspective, before 2023, the local teams in the four major pro sports had never collected more than seven wins in an entire calendar year (1997: 7; 2006: 5; 2000: 4). Further, the number could hit double-digits as the Panthers and Dolphins each have a road game later in the year against the Bruins and Patriots respectively. Also, the Heat’s 2023-24 schedule has yet to be released, so another Heat-Celtics game at TD Garden may be played before New Year’s Day.
Marlins: RHP Bryan Hoeing (1-1) will face Atlanta in the series opener against the Braves, who have not named a starter.
The Sun Sentinel’s Steve Svekis contributed to this report.