Payback! Marlins rally from seven runs down


BOSTON (AP) -- The Florida Marlins didn't just go back to their
hotel and stew about Boston's record-setting blowout. They did
something about it.

Mike Lowell hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning Saturday
night as Florida rallied from a seven-run deficit to beat Boston
10-9. It was the biggest comeback victory in franchise history, and
it came one day after the Red Sox scored 14 in the first inning --
and kept scoring from there, much to the Marlins' disgust.

"We were embarrassed last night," said Florida manager Jack
McKeon, who complained that Boston showed the Marlins up in
Friday's 25-8 win. "This takes a little of the taste out of our
mouth. They were very jubilant last night. They woke us up."

Boston had another big inning Saturday, scoring seven in the
sixth to take a 9-2 lead. But Juan Encarnacion hit a three-run
homer as the Marlins scored four in the eighth, then they scored
four more in the ninth.

"We set a lot of records the last two nights, didn't we,"
McKeon said with a chuckle. "You can pop off all you want. You've
got to back it up."

Nate Bump 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 as the Marlins crossed the
halfway point of the season by improving to .500.

"It was my first game, so I was nervous," said Bump, who
didn't really retire a batter in the sixth -- the third out came on
the basepaths -- but followed that with two scoreless innings. "I
wouldn't want it to be any different than it was tonight."

Braden Looper pitched the ninth for his 14th save. Pinch-hitter
Jason Varitek doubled with one out, 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.

"I just screwed up," Varitek said. "My instincts were that I
had to go right away in order to score on the ball. I was wrong."

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. Kapler doubled in
two more when he came up for a second time in the sixth, then
struck out in his last at-bat, in the eighth.

Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield left with a 9-6 lead in the eighth
after giving up Encarnacion's homer.

Game 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. 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.