BOSTON: Christian Arroyo hit a two-run single in Boston's three-run fourth inning, and the Red Sox took advantage of Miami's shoddy play on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) to hold off the Marlins 5-3 for their fifth straight victory.

Alex Verdugo added an RBI double and two hits for the Red Sox, who were coming off their first three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium since June 2011.

"I'm a big believer that when you come from that series (in New York), sometimes you have letdowns," Boston manager Alex Cora said. "To win (tonight) meant a lot. They grinded, they made pitches."

Starling Marte hit a solo homer and two singles for Miami, which stranded 14 baserunners in its ninth loss in its last 10 games.

"I was really proud of the way the club played tonight," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We just kept giving ourselves some chances.... If we play like that with the same sort of intensity, we'll be fine."

The Red Sox are a season-high 14 games over.500 at 37-23. The Marlins completed a nine-game, 11-day road trip with just one win, with the first two losses coming in Fenway Park.