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Lowell's Home Run Redeems Marlins

June 29, 2003|From Associated Press

BOSTON — 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 home run in the ninth inning Saturday night and Florida rallied from a seven-run deficit to defeat the Red Sox, 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," Manager Jack McKeon, who complained that Boston showed up the Marlins in Friday's 25-8 victory. "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 inning to take a 9-2 lead.

But Juan Encarnacion hit a three-run homer and the Marlins scored four in the eighth, then scored four 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 victory in his major league debut after being called up from triple-A Albuquerque earlier in the day. He gave up two runs and three hits in 2 1/3 innings.

"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."

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