Stanton Blasts Two Home Runs In Win Over Cardinals
Stanton's Ties Miggy In Marlins Record Book
Giancarlo Stanton led the offense with two home runs tonight as the Marlins won the series opener against the Cardinals at home by a final score of 6-5.
Tom Koehler got the start in this one and after being given an early lead did a good job of controlling St. Louis' bats, alllowing three earned runs on eight hits - including a home run - two walks and five strikeouts.
Miami got on the board in the first inning for the third straight game thanks to Stanton, as he blasted his league-leading 30th home run of the season to right, scoring Christian Yelich who doubled off of Shelby Miller to lead off the inning:
The Marlins would score again in the bottom of the third to extend their lead to 3-0 on a monster home run by Stanton to center, his 31st of the season, further extending his league lead:
With his two home runs tonight, Stanton has reached the 30 home run plateau for the third time in his young career, tying Miguel Cabrera for the second most in Marlins franchise history (Dan Uggla has four career 30 home run seasons.)
The Cardinals bats would awaken in the fourth inning, however, as even though Koehler struck out both Matt Adams and Jhonny Peralta after allowing a leadoff double to Matt Holliday, A.J. Pierzynski came through for St. Louis with a two-out RBI single to left.
The next batter, Jon Jay, would tie the game on a two-run home run to right, his third of the season, scoring Pierzynski. Koehler would then allow back-to-back singles by Oscar Taveras and the opposing starter Shelby Miller before getting Matt Carpenter to fly out to end the season.
Two batters later, Yelich extended the Fish's lead to 5-3 with an RBI single to center, scoring Hechavarria.
In the top of the fifth, the Cardinals made a bid for a baserunner on a line drive hit into deep right off the bat of Kolton Wong, but tonight was Stanton's night and he wasn't about to let that happen:
Miami would head into the ninth with a 6-3 lead after scoring another run on a wild pitch in the seventh, but Steve Cishek would have trouble finishing off the Cardinals.
Cishek walked Peter Bourjos with one out in the inning, and with the Cardinals down to their final out, back-to-back hits by Kolton Wong (triple) and Matt Holliday (single) brought St. Louis to within one run.
Cishek would come back to strike out Mike Adams and finish off the game, though, as he collected his 30th save of the season.
With the win, the Marlins move back within two games of .500 at 58-60 and gain half a game on the idle Nationals. The Fish are now six and a half games back of Washington for first place in the division:
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Game two is tomorrow at 7:10 PM ET, and the Fish will send Jarred Cosart (9-8, 4.51) to the mound to make his second start with the team. He will face a tough opponent, though, as St. Louis will counter with Adam Wainwright (14-6, 2.28)