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MARLINS 10, RED SOX 9
Marlins launch late comeback to beat Red Sox
By Jimmy Golen, Associated Press, 6/28/2003

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BOSTON -- Mike Lowell hit a three-run homer in the ninth as the Florida Marlins rallied to overcome another big Boston inning and beat the Red Sox 10-9 Saturday night.

One night after Boston scored a record 10 runs before making an out in a 14-run first inning, the Red Sox took a 9-2 lead with seven runs in the sixth. But the Marlins scored four in the eighth and four more in the ninth to take the lead and snap Boston's five-game winning streak.

Nate Bump (1-0) earned the win in his major league debut after being called up from Triple-A Albuquerque earlier in the day. He allowed two runs on three hits in 2 1-3 innings.

Braden Looper pitched the ninth for his 14th save. He gave up a one-out double to pinch-hitter Jason Varitek, but he was doubled up for the game's final out when Juan Pierre made a diving catch of Johnny Damon's liner and threw it to second.

Brandon Lyon (3-4) blew his first save in 10 opportunities, giving up three singles -- including an RBI hit by Ivan Rodriguez -- before Lowell hit an 0-2 pitch into the Boston bullpen with two outs in the ninth.

It was Rodriguez's fifth consecutive multihit game.

Gabe Kapler was 4-for-5 in his Boston debut, driving in three runs in the sixth as Boston scored at least seven runs in an inning for the third time in four days.

Nomar Garciaparra hit a two-run homer in the fourth and added a two-run double in the sixth to make it 6-2 and chase Tommy Phelps.

Pierre had four hits, a walk and two stolen bases for Florida.

Kapler, released by Colorado on June 19, signed with the Red Sox on Tuesday and went to the minors to play himself into shape. He went 3-for-6 in two minor league games and showed no rust when he arrived at Fenway on Saturday, either.

He doubled in the third, singled in the fourth and tripled in the first run in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie. After Doug Mirabelli's groundout, Kapler scored on Freddy Sanchez's suicide squeeze; Sanchez was safe with a single when he beat the throw to first.

Damon singled, Bill Mueller struck out and Garciaparra doubled off the Green Monster to score two more. Bump gave up a single to Manny Ramirez that scored Garciaparra.

Kevin Millar, batting for the second time in the inning, was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Kapler doubled in two. Kapler struck out in his last at-bat, in the eighth.

Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield left with a 9-6 lead in the eighth.

Notes: Florida RHP Kevin Olsen was put on the 15-day disabled list, one day after he was hit in the head by Todd Walker's line drive. Olsen spent a night in the hospital for observation with a concussion; he also needed six stitches to close a cut. ... Before Friday, the last time two pitchers failed to record an out to open a game was Wayne Simpson and Ken Wright for the Kansas City Royals on May 5, 1973. Jack McKeon was the manager of that team, too. ... Pierre stole second and third base in the first inning to give him 35 steals this season. He was caught stealing in the fifth for the 10th time this year. He leads the majors in both categories. ... Garciaparra has hit safely in 31 consecutive home games, and 37 of 38 this season. ... Boston RHP Chad Fox (left side muscle strain) pitched 1 1-3 innings, allowing one hit and two walks and two strikeouts for Double-A Portland on a rehab assignment. ... Boston put Jeremy Giambi on the disabled list with left shoulder bursitis to make room for Kapler.



AP on the Boston Globe website
 

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