Series: Game 3 of 3

Boston won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, June 27
Game 2: Saturday, June 28
Game 3: Sunday, June 29

Marlins 7

(41-42, 18-24 away)

Red Sox 11

(47-33, 28-12 home)

    2:05 PM ET, June 29, 2003

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    BOS 21024101 - 11 12 0

    W: D. Lowe (9-3)

    L: B. Penny (6-6)

    Kapler, Walker provide two-homer power

    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.

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