Marlins hope for offensive outburst at Fenway

Marlins hope for offensive outburst at Fenway

Marlins hope for offensive outburst at Fenway
BOSTON -- The Marlins welcomed a change of scenery on Tuesday, hoping to get their sputtering offense back on track at Fenway Park.

Miami is last in the Major Leagues with a .213 batting average on the road. The Marlins are 1-24 this season when they score fewer than three runs, including Sunday's 3-0 loss vs. the Rays.

"Offensively, we're not doing [anything] very positive right now," said Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen. "Everything we do is just ... I don't remember us hitting the ball hard. When your offense is shut down the way we are right now, it's going to be hard to win some games."

As the Marlins' bats have cooled in June, the club's record has taken a similar course. Miami is 4-11 this month entering Tuesday's series opener vs. the Red Sox. The Marlins scored just one earned run in 33 innings vs. the Rays in their previous series, and were shut out twice, amassing one hit in the opener and two hits in the finale.

"I never seen anything like that, a team struggle completely," Guillen said.

Still, Fenway Park is considered a hitter's ballpark, and that could be enough to awaken Miami's offense. Despite the Majors' worst batting average on the road, the Marlins are 16-15 away from home.

"Even [with] how bad we are playing, we are still in good position," Guillen said. "Hopefully those guys start swinging the bat like we know they can do, and that can help the pitching staff."