For the first time since April 18, Marlins players could look up at the start of a home game and see blue skies instead of gray girders. The announced game-time temperature of 79 degrees, coupled with unseasonably dry air and zero chance of rain, afforded the Marlins a chance to follow through on President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest's suggestion.

"The call from Larry was all to do with, 'Listen, let's try something new,' " said team President David Samson, whose club had lost six in a row. "He said, 'We can't trade 25 guys. Let's open the roof.' "

Give Beinfest credit for literally thinking outside the box, but the Marlins didn't beat the Red Sox 4-1 Monday because of idyllic baseball conditions. They won because Josh Johnson is good, indoors or outdoors.