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Tanner Houck wins MLB debut, goes 5 innings as Red Sox blank Marlins

Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, left, and starting pitcher Tanner Houck, right, walk to the dugout before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Miami.

Boston Red Sox left fielder Yairo Munoz catches a ball hit by Miami Marlins' Jazz Chisholm during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Miami.

Collinsville High and Mizzou product Tanner Houck gave up just two singles over five innings to win his major league debut, pitching the Boston Red Sox past the Marlins 2-0 Tuesday night in Miami.

Houck, the first-round draft pick of the Red Sox in 2017 out of the University of Missouri, struck out seven and walked three on 86 pitches.

He walked Matt Joyce and Garrett Cooper before striking out Miami's leading hitter, Miguel Rojas, to end the inning.

Houck will have additional opportunities before the season ends to vie for a spot in the rotation next year.

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