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Marlins shut out Red Sox

JUPITER, Fla. -- Brad Penny had one of his top pitching performances of the spring, and Boston's Derek Lowe was pretty sharp, too.

But the Marlins' No. 2 pitcher came out on top on Sunday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.

Penny tossed five scoreless innings and Ramon Castro belted his sixth home run of the exhibition season as the Marlins shut out the Red Sox, 4-0, before 8,265 fans, the third-largest crowd in stadium history.

Penny, Tommy Phelps and Armando Benitez, who pitched two innings, combined on the three-hit shutout.

Lowe, Boston's No. 3 starter, gave up three runs on four hits in seven innings. The right-hander with the heavy sinker threw 88 pitches, striking out two and walking one.

Castro, who homered off Lowe in the seventh, drove in two runs.

The Marlins went up 1-0 in the second inning on Castro's RBI groundout. Mike Lowell doubled to open the inning and went to third on Jeff Conine's grounder. After Hee Seop Choi walked, Castro bounced a hopper to third. The play could have resulted in an inning-ending double play, but the relay throw from second baseman Cesar Crespo went over Kevin Millar's head.

Lowell scored on the play, Crespo was charged with an error and Castro was awarded second base because the ball went into the Red Sox dugout.

The Marlins went up 2-0 in the sixth when Luis Castillo and Miguel Cabrera rapped back-to-back doubles.

Castillo added an RBI single in the eighth inning off Alan Embree. Wil Cordero, who had doubled, scored.

Boston's David McCarty extended his hitting streak to eight straight Grapefruit League games with a single in the second inning. He had two singles in the game.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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