- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Miami Marlins reliever Carter Capps knew who he was facing as well as who was still to come with the bases loaded and two out in the seventh inning.

Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts seemed like a much better option than slugger David Ortiz, who was waiting on deck.

Bogaerts fouled off three straight pitches with a full count, then delivered a three-run single up the middle as the Red Sox rallied to a 4-3 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night.

“I’m not going to walk him to face Big Papi,” Capps said. “Obviously I know who’s on deck right there, so I’m going to challenge him.”

Reliever Steve Cishek (2-6) took the loss for the Marlins. He loaded the bases with one out before giving way to reliever Mike Dunn, who struck out Red Sox infielder Brock Holt looking. That set up Bogaerts’ pivotal at-bat and led to the Marlins’ third straight loss.

“He saw so many pitches, fouled off so many pitches and he was able to get the barrel on the ball and hit it where we weren’t,” manager Dan Jennings said. “And (with a) 3-2 count had the runners moving. It was a tough spot for Cappy to be in. Good piece of hitting by Bogaerts.”

The Marlins had taken the lead in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Cole Gillespie and a RBI double by Christian Yelich, who went 3 for 4 with two RBIs.

Wade Miley struck out nine and Travis Shaw picked up his first three major league hits, including a one-out single to start Boston’s comeback in the seventh.

Junichi Tazawa (1-3) picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Koji Uehara pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.

Shaw, recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, started the rally with a single. Ryan Hanigan walked and Mookie Betts reached on an error by third baseman Miguel Rojas, loading the bases for Bogaerts.

Bogaerts, one of five candidates for the final opening on the AL All-Star team, delivered the clutch hit.

Dan Haren allowed one run and six hits in six innings for the Marlins.

“Frustrating loss, no doubt about that,” Jennings said. “We battled. We didn’t get it done in that seventh inning when we had a chance to finish it out.”

CAPPS CARES

Capps didn’t take the loss in the scorebook, but did try and claim it in the locker room. He started Bogaerts off with two straight balls and fell behind 3-1.

“I came in to face the righty,” Capps said. “It’s my job to get the job done right there and I just didn’t. So I guess I feel like I cost that game.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: 1B Jeff Baker left after the top of the second with what the Marlins described as oblique pain. Michael Morse started in left field, and then took over for Baker at first and veteran Ichiro Suzuki played left.

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia (strained hamstring) is eligible to return from the DL on Friday when the Red Sox open a three-game series at home against the New York Yankees. Manager John Farrell said the club knows Pedroia will be back in the lineup the first chance he is ready, but his status for the weekend remained uncertain.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Tom Koehler (7-4) faces the Red Sox on Wednesday night for the first time in his career.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (4-9) tries to snap a career-high seven-game losing streak one week after allowing seven earned runs and seven hits, including three homers, at Toronto.


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