Open roof helps Marlins top Red Sox

Josh Johnson #55 of the Miami Marlins pitches

Josh Johnson #55 of the Miami Marlins pitches during a game against the Boston Red Sox at Marlins Park. (June 11, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

The Miami Marlins opened their retractable roof for the first time in nearly two months last night and snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Josh Johnson (four hits, one run in seven innings) outpitched former teammate Josh Beckett (six hits, four runs in seven innings) and rookie Donovan Solano drove in a pair. Heath Bell struck out the side in the ninth for his 13th save.

The Red Sox, last in the AL East, lost for the seventh time in eight games.

Nationals 6, Blue Jays 3: One day after Washington rookie Bryce Harper sat out because of a sore back, he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer, his 11th. Edwin Jackson (3-3) gave up two runs in eight innings for the win. Brandon Morrow (7-4), the starter for host Toronto, left after just nine pitches because of a muscle strain.

 

Valentine: Help umps

A day after being ejected, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was still steamed about umpiring, and said technology should be used to eliminate human error in calling balls and strikes. "I want a ball called a ball and a strike called a strike. Figure out how to do it," Valentine said.

Valentine, upset with plate ump Al Porter, launched a tirade with two outs in the ninth inning of Sunday's loss to Washington.

Valentine declined to propose a specific solution, but said the technology exists to improve the accuracy of calling pitches. He said he doesn't fault umpires, because he believes it's impossible to see the final few feet of a pitch traveling 90 mph.

"The umpires are very well trained, and I think they're very good at what they do," Valentine said. "I think it's almost impossible to do what they do. So why do we ask them to do the impossible?" -- AP

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