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Slowey surrenders just one run in Marlins' win


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Making his final Grapefruit League start, right-hander Kevin Slowey allowed five hits and a run, walked three and struck out four over five frames in the Marlins' 5-1 victory over the Red Sox at JetBlue Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Trailing, 1-0, in the seventh, the Marlins got a sacrifice fly from Koyie Hill and a two-run double from Daniel Pertusati. In the ninth, Pertusati added a two-run single.

Hours after being informed he was starting Opening Day for the third consecutive season, Red Sox lefty Jon Lester looked more than ready for the assignment.

Making his final start of Spring Training, Lester fired four shutout innings, allowing two hits while walking none and striking out four. In Grapefruit League action, Lester went 4-0 with a 0.75 ERA.

"Just really tuning up," Lester said. "That was really the main thing today. There's still first-pitch strikes and getting ahead of guys. I wanted to flip some curveballs and some changeups early in the count. We didn't get to the changeup as much as the curveball. But the main thing is get a good warmup, get stretched out -- and to get through it. It sounds bad, but that's really what you want to do, especially with these last couple -- get through them healthy and be ready for the next one."

Jonny Gomes belted a solo home run for the Red Sox in the bottom of the second.

Daniel Bard, who is in a battle to win the final spot on Boston's pitching staff, had a rough inning of work, giving up three hits and three runs while walking a batter.

Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria went 2-for-4.

Up next: In a game that will air free on MLB.TV, the Marlins wrap up their Grapefruit League season on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. ET against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Miami is the visiting team. Getting the start will be lefty prospect Justin Nicolino, who will open the season at Class A Jupiter. Nicolino, who was not in big league camp, is a promising lefty. He was acquired from the Blue Jays last November as part of the blockbuster 12-player deal. Lance Lynn will start for St. Louis.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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