PHOENIX — Giancarlo Stanton quit pressing at the plate Tuesday night.
Stanton hit a run-scoring single with two outs in the 10th inning and the Miami Marlins rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-5.
“I stopped swinging so dang hard and just put the ball in play,” Stanton said. “Even if you don’t hit it on the barrel, just put the ball in play and something good might happen.”
Gorkys Hernandez beat out an infield single to shortstop off Sam Demel (0-1), the Diamondbacks’ sixth pitcher, and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Demel intentionally walked Jose Reyes and retired Carlos Lee on a fly ball to center field before Stanton looped a clean single to left with the go-ahead run.
“That is the reason I love speed,” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Anything can happen and speed never goes into a slump.”
Chad Gaudin (2-1) struck out one and walked one in the bottom of the ninth for the win, his first since April 15 against Houston.