Marlins lose another SP, game vs. Red Sox

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When the Marlins began their third consecutive three-city trip on May 28, they were two games below .500 and three back of the Mets in the National League East.

On Monday night, as the Marlins flew home to South Florida following a 5-3 loss in a makeup matchup against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, they were nine games below .500 and 7 1/2 back in the division.

While the bats continued to come up empty in the clutch and the bullpen struggled to hold late leads over the nine road games, the most pressing matter is the big-picture handling of the pitching staff.

Right-hander Pablo López was scheduled to start Monday, but the Marlins elected to push him back a day and go with Zach Thompson for his Major League debut. Miami has used its off-days to give its three main starters — Sandy Alcantara, López and rookie Trevor Rogers — an extra day of rest.

In López’s stead, Thompson kept the Red Sox to two runs through three innings, but he appeared to twist his right ankle fielding an inning-ending grounder in the third. Though Thompson came out in the fourth, manager Don Mattingly turned to the bullpen before the righty could throw another pitch.