MIAMI -- Justin Bour capped a four-run comeback by delivering a walk-off single in the 10th inning that lifted Miami to a 5-4 win over the Red Sox at Marlins Park on Tuesday night.
After leaving 14 on base through nine innings, the Marlins were able to celebrate their sixth walk off of the season. Dee Gordon tripled off Craig Breslow to open the 10th, and Martin Prado was intentionally walked. Prado took second on defensive indifference, and with one out, Bour laced a liner to left-center.
"Dee got that triple to lead off [the] inning," Bour said. "It's just one of those things where you've got to get the run in. All the credit goes to him for that. The first pitch was a ball. So the next pitch I was looking for something over the plate, and was able to drive it."
Miami tied it in the ninth inning on Adeiny Hechavarria's sacrifice fly to right, which scored J.T. Realmuto, who singled with one out to open the inning off Junichi Tazawa. Gordon had an RBI single in the sixth inning, and in the seventh, Ichiro Suzuki had a sacrifice fly. But Miami left 14 on base through nine innings, and 16 total.
Mookie Betts had three hits and two RBIs, while Jackie Bradley Jr. scored two runs and made a couple of dazzling plays in left field that helped Boston claim a four-run lead.
Steven Wright, fluttering 70-74 mph knuckleballs, was effectively wild, walking five and striking out four over 5-plus innings. Wright gave up two runs, both in the sixth inning, when he exited after facing two batters.
Miami rookie Justin Nicolino, called up from Triple-A New Orleans, had his struggles navigating through 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits with one walk and no strikeouts. The lefty is ranked as the Marlins' No. 3 prospect, according to MLB.com.
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Bradley's encore: Fresh off a two-way clinic on Sunday in Detroit, Bradley did it again with the bat and glove on Tuesday. In the bottom of the fourth, making his first start of the season in left field, Bradley ranged back to make a sensational twisting and leaping catch against the wall to take extra bases away from Hechavarria. At the plate, Bradley belted a triple to right-center field, singled to right and scored two runs.
"Just a ball that was hit hard," said Bradley. "Just happened to get a good bead on it and make a jumping play." More >
Nicolino's near quality start: Once Jose Fernandez (right biceps strain) went on the disabled list, Miami made the decision to call up Nicolino. The lefty, who made two big league starts in June, for the most part minimized damage. But a key moment came in the sixth inning, when he gave up two runs. At 3-0, Nicolino got ahead of Rusney Castillo in the count. But the Red Sox right fielder delivered an RBI triple, knocking Nicolino out of the game with his fourth run allowed.
"You've got to look at it as a great team win," Nicolino said. "Guys picked me up right there. That's all you can ask for."
After Nicolino exited, Miami's bullpen didn't allow a baserunner over 4 1/3 innings, with three strikeouts. More >
Mookie's strong return: After missing two weeks due to a concussion, Betts wasted no time making his presence felt upon his return to the lineup. The leadoff man produced hits in his first three at-bats, including a double. He also stole a base.
"We're excited about Mookie," said bench coach Torey Lovullo. "We know that he's an exciting player. He adds an element of power and speed to this lineup. We're excited to have him back. We know it's his first game and we were careful with overloading him but he wanted to keep going." More >
Key wild pitch: Bour's walk-off hit in the 10th inning was made possible by a key wild pitch in the ninth. With the Marlins still trying to rally and tie the game, Tazawa threw a wild pitch with Hechavarria at the plate to send Realmuto to third and Ichiro to second with one out. Hechavarria then notched a sac fly to right field to score Realmuto and tie the game, 4-4, to send it to extra innings.
"This is great for morale. You have a feeling that these guys were going to fight all night, and they did." -- Miami manager Dan Jennings, on the Marlins' rally.
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Until rookie Kendry Flores struck out Xander Bogaerts to open the eighth inning, no Marlins pitcher recorded a strikeout. Miami hasn't had a game this year where it failed to fan at least one. The closest came on Aug. 6 at Atlanta, when in a loss 9-8 loss, it notched just one.
Red Sox: Lefty Eduardo Rodriguez draws the start in the last of four games between the Red Sox and Marlins this season. Rodriguez allowed six hits and two runs over seven while striking out five against the Yankees in his last start, but took the loss.
Marlins: In the series finale, which starts at 4:10 p.m. ET, Miami sends out left-handed rookie Adam Conley (1-0, 4.05), who is making his second big league start, and sixth appearance.