Game 5 Recap: Brian Johnson gives the Red Sox their fifth solid start

The Red Sox defeat the Marlins in a 7-3 victory to give them their fourth straight win 

Make that four straight wins for this Red Sox team.  Last night was the opposite of the first four games of the season.  It wasn’t a nail-biter like the opening series was.  The Red Sox were able to get this win pretty easily and they looked pretty good doing so.

I can’t think of how nervous Brian Johnson had to be before this game.  It was his first start of the season and on top of that, he had a lot to live up to the performances of the starting pitchers before him.  Johnson started the game off retiring the side in the first.  Things got a little rough for the lefty in the next couple innings though.  He gave up a home run to Brian Anderson to start the second inning off.  In the third, it looked like he could be in some more trouble after loading the bases.  Fortunately, Johnson was able to get out of the inning with no damage.

Johnson went another few innings until he was pulled after the sixth inning.  It was really a solid start from the Red Sox lefty.  I am glad that he was able to start the season on a good note and continue the great starting pitching that the team has shown so far this season.

On the offensive side of things last night, the game started out a little rough for the Red Sox hitters.  The first few innings, they couldn’t get anything going.  The scoring for the team started in the fourth inning after Xander Bogaerts hit a short dribbler to get on with two outs.  Right after that, Eduardo Nunez was able to hit a ball down the third base line to score Xander Bogaerts.  After Bogaerts scored, Jackie Bradley Jr. came up and walked.  Christian Vazquez doubled the next at-bat scoring Nunez.

The next inning, Andrew Benintendi was able to finally get his first hit of the season.  Hanley Ramirez came up to the plate next and absolutely destroyed a ball over the fence in left field.  This gave the Red Sox a four-run lead.  Mookie Betts was able to hit his first home run in the sixth inning.  The team added yet another run in the ninth after Hanley Ramirez singled and Rafael Devers knocked him in.

After all that scoring, it was smooth sailing for the Red Sox.  Their bullpen was able to only allow one run the rest of the game to give the Red Sox a win.

The Red Sox will be back in action tonight against the Marlins at 6:10 PM ET.  Chris Sale is on the hill for the Red Sox while the Marlins will start Jose Ureña.

Final Score: Red Sox 7, Marlins 3

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