KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 11 (UPI) -- A two-run double by Andy Fox ignited a seven-run uprising in the top of the 14th inning Monday night as the Florida Marlins outlasted the Kansas City Royals, 15-8, in a five-hour,
The Marlins got another big night from red-hot Derrek Lee, who became the first player in franchise history to hit two homers in consecutive games.
He went 3-for-4 and is batting .518 (14-for-27) in his last eight games. He also walked in his last four plate appearances, including with the bases loaded in the 14th.
The Marlins, who rallied from an early 5-0 deficit, did all their damage in the 14th against Mac Suzuki (0-1), the eighth Kansas City pitcher, tying a franchise record.
Mike Lowell, who had been 0-for-7, delivered an RBI single to make it 11-8. After Lee walked, Eric Owens produced a two-run single and the final run scored on Homer Bush's forceout.
Armando Almanza (2-0), the sixth Florida pitcher, tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the win.
Prior to breaking open the game in the 14th, the Marlins had numerous chances, stranding eight runners from the 10th through 13th innings. Kansas City pitchers issued 11 walks in the five extra frames.
The Marlins were in position to win in the 12th, taking an 8-6 lead on Owens' RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Ramon Castro, but Oswaldo Mairena gave up a game-tying two-run single to Raul Ibanez in the bottom half.
Lee's second homer gave the Marlins a 6-5 lead in the eighth. However, Vladimir Nunez could not close out the win in the ninth, blowing only his third save in 18 opportunities this
Nunez walked Brent Mayne with one out and it came back to cost him. Pinch-runner Donnie Sadler took third on a single by pinch-hitter
Michael Tucker, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Neifi Perez.
Perez added a run-scoring single in the second and a sacrifice fly by Donzell McDonald in the fourth gave the Royals a 5-0 lead.
The Marlins began their comeback on Fox's run-scoring single in the fifth before Jeff Suppan gave up back-to-back homers to Lee and Owens in the sixth, pulling Florida to within 5-3.
Dan Reichert replaced Suppan and got the final out of the sixth, but left with one out in the seventh after giving up a single to Luis Castillo, who extended his franchise-record hitting streak to 26 games.
Brian Shouse walked Fox and surrendered an RBI single to Floyd. With runners on the corners, Brad Voyles came on and got Lowell to ground a chopper to deep short. Perez got the force at second, but second baseman Febles dropped the ball as he transferred it to his throwing hand, allowing Fox to score the tying run.