In the Marlins' 10-2 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday, Choate gave up an earned run in a home game for the first time since June 26, 2011. Not only did he give up one run, he gave up four after facing just four batters without recording an out during the eighth inning.
"That's the best I felt all year to be honest with you," Choate said. "I just looked up and four hitters later, three lefties. It's not like they roped them in the gap. ... I really couldn't tell you. That's the best I felt all year and the worst results I've had all year, by far."
Choate gave up four straight singles to Scott Podsednik, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz. All four batters came around to score in Boston's six-run eighth inning.
The last time Choate gave up an earned run in a home game was when the Marlins were playing a home series in Seattle last season. He gave up a leadoff double to Dustin Ackley in the 10th and Ackley came around to score the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Steve Cishek during an intentional walk attempt.
Before Wednesday, Choate had not given up an earned run at either Marlins Park or Sun Life Stadium since joining the team last season, a span of 44 appearances. He gave up a pair of unearned runs to the Mets in his first appearance for the Marlins on April 3, 2011, at Sun Life Stadium.