Hanley blasts first spring homer

March 12th, 2016

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Led by big blasts from Derek Dietrich and Xavier Scruggs in their five-run third inning, the Marlins beat the Red Sox, 11-8, on Saturday afternoon at JetBlue Park.

The Marlins sent eight batters to the plate in the frame, reaching base via a walk three times against Red Sox left-hander Henry Owens. With two outs, Dietrich's bases-loaded double scored two runs, ending Owens' outing after 2 2/3 innings.

Scruggs greeted reliever Jorge Marban with a first-pitch, three-run blast over the replica Green Monster in left field.

"I was really happy for the opportunity and tried to make the best of it," Scruggs said. "I really just wanted to drive something and got my pitch on that hanging curveball."

Left-hander Chris Narveson, making his third appearance and first start, went three scoreless innings for the Marlins, scattering four hits with one walk and one strikeout. Narveson got Red Sox slugger David Ortiz to ground into inning-ending double plays in the first and third.

"It is Spring Training," Narveson said. "I'm working on things, he's working on things, but it's always nice to execute a pitch and see some results."

Owens, a potential candidate for a spot in the Red Sox rotation, went 2 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on two hits with four walks and three strikeouts.

"I thought today was an important learning lesson for Henry to go out and establish your fastball a little bit more than today," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "I thought he pitched with his secondary pitches maybe a little too frequently, fell behind in some counts [with an] uncharacteristic number of walks in the first couple of innings. But like I said, a very good learning opportunity for Henry today."

Hanley Ramirez's first home run of the spring got the Red Sox on the scoreboard in the fourth. Chris Young added a two-run shot in the seventh.

Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara made his Grapefruit League debut and faced six batters in the sixth. He gave up one run on three hits with two strikeouts. Uehara's 2015 season ended on Aug. 7 when a line drive fractured his right wrist. The Red Sox have gone slowly with him this spring.

"I think Koji's first action since August was as anticipated," Farrell said. "They execute a hit-and-run, a couple of ground balls found some holes, but I thought he showed some decent action to his split, and with each added appearance, there'll be additional arm strength and action to his fastball."

Miami extended its lead to 8-3 in the eighth when Kenny Wilson scored on a fielding error and Tomas Telis doubled in a run. Travis Shaw hit Boston's third homer of the game, a three-run shot in the bottom half. Destin Hood's two-run double and Telis' sac fly made it 11-6 in the ninth. Marco Hernandez's RBI double and Chris Dominguez's RBI groundout capped the scoring.

Up next for the Marlins: The Marlins return home to Jupiter to take on the Mets at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, which can be seen live on MLB.TV. It will be the second of six meetings between the National League East clubs. Tom Koehler gets the nod with Brad Hand, Mike Dunn, Bryan Morris, Scott McGough and Kyle Barraclough also scheduled to pitch.

Up next for the Red Sox: Right-hander Rick Porcello gets the start when the Red Sox travel to Port Charlotte to face the Rays at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday. The game can be seen live on MLB.TV. It will be the third meeting of the spring between the American League East rivals. Roenis Elias, Heath Hembree, Tommy Layne, Edwin Escobar, Sean O'Sullivan and Williams Jerez are also scheduled to pitch.