MIAMI -- J.T. Realmuto, participating in his 98th big league game, spent Wednesday afternoon rewriting Marlins history. The 24-year-old rookie belted a grand slam and drove in six runs in Miami's 14-6 win over the Red Sox at Marlins Park.
The Marlins broke open a 4-4 tie with a 10-run sixth inning, powered by Realmuto, who had an RBI single and a slam in the frame. His five RBIs in the inning established a franchise record. His six RBIs matched Charles Johnson (June 23, 1995) for the most in one game by a catcher in team history.
Realmuto had a chance to make more history in the eighth, but he struck out to finish a double shy of the first Marlins cycle. In 3,610 games, no Miami player has ever collected a single, double, triple and homer in the same game.
"He has a chance to be an All-Star player for a long time," Miami manager Dan Jennings said of Realmuto. "He's a tremendous athlete, No. 1. And he's got such offensive value. Really, every month, we talk about him taking leadership of this team and running the pitching staff. He stepped up in a huge way. It's good to see him do that."
Realmuto noted he was aiming for the cycle when he struck out in the eighth.
"That's all I was thinking about," the rookie said. "I went up there with the intention I was going to swing, no matter what."
The Red Sox were powered by David Ortiz, who enjoyed a two-homer game. It was his second multi-homer game of season, and 48th of his career.
Dee Gordon put Miami on the board immediately with a leadoff homer off Eduardo Rodriguez, who was charged with eight runs on nine hits in five-plus innings. But the Marlins' lead was short-lived as Ortiz crushed a second-deck homer off lefty Adam Conley to open the second. According to Statcast™, the smash traveled a projected 419 feet from home plate, with an exit velocity of 105 mph and a launch angle of 32 degrees.
"That was an impressive homer," Conley said. "Some of them you're really angry about. Some of them you're impressed with. I threw him a fastball the pitch before that he fouled. I thought if I threw him a pitch in there, at worst, he's going to pull it foul again. At best I make it to the next pitch and try to get him out with something else. I wanted to get that changeup under his hands, but I threw it down the middle. He's a veteran hitter."
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Papi closing in on 500: Ortiz will give Red Sox fans a milestone to follow down the stretch. With the two homers vs. Miami, Big Papi has 491 for his career. Ortiz has 48 games left to reach 500 during the 2015 season. Of late, Ortiz has been on fire. He went 11-for-30 with five homers on the eight-game road trip that concluded on Wednesday.
"I'm just going to keep on swinging," said Ortiz. "I'm not trying to put any pressure on myself [to hit 500]. I'm just trying to put a good swing on it when I'm at the plate. Hopefully I'll get there." More >
Broken record for Marlins: The sixth inning for the Marlins started with a Justin Bour single. It opened the floodgates for a record-setting frame. The Marlins tied a club mark with 10 runs and 10 hits. It was just the second time the team has scored 10 in an inning, with the other July 9, 2009, in the eighth at Arizona. This was the second 10-hit inning of season for Miami, with the other in the seventh on July 11 against the Reds. More >
Rodriguez rocked: Rodriguez allowed four runs over the first two innings, but then settled down nicely to throw three straight shutout frames. But in the sixth, his day was ruined, as the Marlins got four straight hits to chase him.
"He got behind in some counts, fastballs found some of the plate and they squared them up," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He retired eight in a row before the start of the sixth. He had gotten in a good rhythm. Then after that, we couldn't shut anybody down."
Dee goes deep: Speed isn't the only way Gordon can make an impact. Miami's All-Star second baseman flexed some pop in the first inning, belting a home run that just cleared the wall in right. It was Gordon's third career leadoff homer, and first with the Marlins. The speedy second baseman had an inside-the-park home run earlier in the season.
The Marlins gave Gordon the silent treatment, initiated by Jennings, in the dugout.
"It wasn't silent, I was laughing," Gordon said.
"When you've got teams down like that, you have to put them down or the game stays tight. Then they get confidence. That's when the late rallies start to happen. When you have a lead like that, it's really important to try to step on their throat and finish it off strong." -- Realmuto
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With his RBI triple in the second inning, Realmuto now has six three-base hits on the season, which ties Gordon for the team lead. The six triples also tie Benito Santiago (1993) for most ever by a Marlins catcher. The last MLB catcher with seven or more triples in a year was the Royals' Darrell Porter, who had eight in 1979.
"When Dee homered that first at-bat, I was like, I was glad that didn't go off the fence, because I can't have him getting any more triples. He has to start getting doubles and homers, that's it," Realmuto joked about his triples race with Gordon.
With the two homers, Ortiz has 1,076 extra-base hits, passing Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson for 22nd on the all-time list.
WHAT'S NEXT Red Sox: Following Thursday's off-day, the Red Sox open a 10-game homestand on Friday night against the Mariners at 7:10 p.m. ET. Righty Joe Kelly, who has won his last two starts, gets the nod. The Sox and Mariners split a four-game series in Seattle back in May. The Red Sox are 27-28 at home this season.
Marlins: After this brief two-game series with Boston, the Marlins are off on Thursday before opening a three-game set at St. Louis on Friday, beginning at 8:15 p.m. ET. Tom Koehler (8-9, 3.75 ERA) makes his 22nd start and 23rd appearance of the season. The Cardinals are going with lefty Jaime Garcia (4-4, 1.77).