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Kapler, Walker provide two-homer power

6/29/2003

BOSTON (AP) -- Gabe Kapler is finding that hitting is a lot
easier in the Boston Red Sox's lineup.

Kapler went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI, and Boston
hit six homers in an 11-7 win over the Florida Marlins on Sunday.

Kapler, who was signed Tuesday after being released by Colorado,
went 4-for-5 with three RBI in his debut with Boston on Saturday.
It was his fourth career two-homer game and the four RBI matched
his career high.

"Hitting in a lineup like this, its easy to see good pitches,"
Kapler said. "Success breeds confidence. This has been an
incredible experience all the way through over the last couple of
days."

Kapler was added to the Red Sox lineup a day after Boston set a
major league record by scoring 10 runs before the first out in a
25-8 win on Friday night.

Todd Walker also hit two home runs, and Trot Nixon and Jason
Varitek added solo shots for Boston, which matched its season high
of six homers against Milwaukee on June 7.

"At times I can't believe it," Nixon said of his team's
offensive showing. "You rarely see something like that."

Boston finished its homestand 6-1. The Red Sox start a 13-game
roadtrip Tuesday and don't play at Fenway Park again until July 17,
after the All-Star break.

The Red Sox's average on the homestand fell from .417 to .406
despite getting 12 hits Sunday. They outscored Detriot and Florida
by a combined margin of 75-33.

"We swung the bats awfully well the whole weekend," Boston
manager Grady Little said. "I don't know if that might be a little
bit to the extreme."

Florida gave up 45 runs in the three-game series.

"I think everybody in baseball knows they're a good hitting
ballclub. They put some numbers up there," Florida manager Jack
McKeon said. "They've got some guys who can pop it out of the
ballpark."

Derrek Lee had a two-run homer and drove in three runs for
Florida.

Derek Lowe (9-3) matched a career high by winning his sixth
straight decision. In seven innings, he allowed six runs, five
hits, two walks and struck out seven.

Mike Timlin gave up Lee's RBI single in the eighth.

Brandon Lyon, who blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning of
Saturday's 10-9 loss, allowed a run-scoring single to Luis Castillo
in the ninth.

Brad Penny (6-6) gave up nine runs and nine hits in five
innings. He gave up four of Boston's homers. He has allowed 21
earned runs in 15 1-3 innings over his last three starts.

"That's the best offense I've ever faced," Penny said.

Boston broke a 3-all tie with a pair of runs in the fifth and
added four more in the sixth.

Nixon's homer gave the Red Sox a 4-3 lead in the fifth. His
drive hit the top of The Wall, caromed off a short ledge in front
of the first row of the new seats above the Green Monster and fell
back onto the field. Second base umpire Mark Carlson originally
ruled it a homer, and the rest of the crew agreed after a brief
discussion.

Kapler followed with a single and Bill Mueller tripled to make
it 5-3.

Boston scored its four runs in the sixth after left fielder
Miguel Cabrera misplayed David Ortiz's two-out liner into a single.
Kevin Millar walked and Nixon had an RBI single. Kapler then lined
a shot into the left-field seats, making it 9-3.

Lee's two-run homer cut it to 9-5 in the sixth, but Walker hit
his second homer of the game in the bottom half.

Varitek hit his homer in the eighth.

The Red Sox moved ahead 2-0 in the first on Walker's homer after
Johnny Damon walked.

Florida tied it 2-all in the second when Juan Encarnacion hit
and RBI triple and scored on Alex Gonzalez's single.

Boston regained the lead 3-2 on Kapler's first homer in the
bottom half. The Marlins retied it on Ivan Rodriguez's RBI double.

Game notes
Nomar Garciaparra went 0-for-5, snapping his 31-game home
hitting streak. It matched Ron Oster's mark in 1984 with Cincinnati
as the longest since 1972. ... Lowe is 6-0 at home this season. ...
Kapler's last two-homer game came with Texas against Seattle on
Sept. 26, 2001. His last four-RBI game was also with Texas, against
the New York Yankees on Aug. 2, 2001. ... The Marlins were trying
to move over .500 for the first time since late April. ...
Rodriguez was held to one hit, halting his consecutive
multihit-game streak at five. ... Boston RHP Ramiro Mendoza, on the
15-day DL with right knee tendinitis, pitched five scoreless
innings with Class-A Sarasota. ... Encarnacion left the game after
a hard slide into second in the eighth. ... The six homers allowed
are a Marlins' club record. ... RHP Rudy Seanez was designated for
assignment by the Red Sox after the game. RHP Chad Fox will be
activated from the 15-day DL Monday.