Marlins 10, Rangers 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—Mike Lowell’s multihomer game meant something special Sunday night.
Lowell hit two home runs to lead the Florida Marlins past the Texas Rangers 10-4. Donations were pledged for each homer hit in the majors during the week of June 7-15 to a charity dedicated to finding a cure for prostate cancer, which Lowell’s father is currently recovering from.
Lowell also had four RBIs as the Marlins scored five runs in the fourth inning to win their third straight road series for the first time since 1999.
“Today was great,” Lowell said. “It’s Father’s Day, and the whole prostate thing … I wish I could have said in advance that I was going to hit like I did. After the fact, it’s ironic. I’ve kept (his father’s illness) under wraps for so long. I try to keep my private life to myself. But it worked out well.”
Carl Lowell was home in Florida watching on TV as his son had his third multihomer game of the season, and seventh of his career. Lowell now has 21 homers this season.
Lowell, who went 3-for-4, had an RBI double in the first inning before hitting a two-run home run in the fourth and a solo shot in the ninth.
Lowell has been the subject of trade rumors, but he’s managed to maintain his focus.
“Anyone is lying if they say they don’t listen to them,” Lowell said. “With the news and ‘SportsCenter’ you’re going to hear about it and I’m not going to lock myself in a cave. Every team they say, I envision myself on that team. But I definitely try not to let it affect my game on the field.”
Marlins manager Jack McKeon doesn’t think Lowell has been distracted.
“He’s a pro,” McKeon said. “Things like that don’t bother him. It’s tough to try and run a ballclub and have all this stuff that never materializes. I think it’s a joke.”
“The weekend was great,” said Rodriguez, who went 4-for-12 in the three games, his first as a visitor at The Ballpark in Arlington. “My friends were there for me and we wound up taking two of three. It’s nice to be back in Texas and hopefully I can be back here again someday.”
Florida bounced back from Saturday night’s 13-2 defeat to Texas with its fourth victory in six games.
Marlins starter Mark Redman (5-2) gave up two runs and eight hits over seven innings to remain unbeaten in three road decisions. Redman had four strikeouts and didn’t issue a walk.
Rangers starter John Thomson (4-8) retired the game’s first two hitters, before the next five Marlins got hits to give Florida a 3-0 lead. He left after 3 2-3 innings, having given up seven runs on 11 hits.
The Marlins then pulled away in the fourth. Florida had runners on second and third when Juan Pierre’s groundout scored Todd Hollandsworth. Luis Castillo followed with a double that scored Ryan Banks, who had doubled earlier in the inning. Rodriguez then hit an RBI single to make the score 6-2 and knock Thomson out of the game.
R.A. Dickey came in, and gave up a two-run homer to Lowell on his first pitch.
Dickey walked three straight in the sixth, including Encarnacion with the bases loaded, to make the score 9-2.
Texas right fielder Carl Everett hit a two-run homer, his 17th, in the eighth to narrow Florida’s lead to 9-4.
Eight of Florida’s 10 runs came with two outs.
“That’s frustrating for us,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. “The first inning was the perfect example of that. It’s just not good enough. Wehave to finish the job.”
Texas is 2-10 in interleague play this season. … Lowell has 20 or more homers for the third time in his career. …The Marlins are 17-15 since McKeon took over on May 11. …Texas’ Juan Gonzalez had six straight hits against the Marlins before flying out in the fifth. … Showalter gave 1B-DHRafael Palmeiro the night off.