Giancarlo Stanton continues to prove that he isn't human, as he blasted his 44th home run of the season on Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants. However, that homer would go to waste, as the Marlins bullpen faltered in a 9-4 loss to San Francisco.
Heading into the seventh inning, the Marlins led 4-3, but that lead was extinguished rather quickly. Junichi Tazawa entered the game, and he allowed four straight hits. Carlos Moncrief and Denard Span both contributed RBI singles, and Hunter Pence drove home Span on an RBI double to give the Giants a 6-4 lead.
Even Stanton isn't immune to mistakes, as his errant throw allowed the Giants to take the lead. The bullpen allowed five runs, including Kyle Barraclough, who allowed a home run in his return from the DL.
Miami got off to a quick start, when Christian Yelich doubled home Stanton to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead. San Francisco would take the lead when Span, who went 3-4 with three runs scored, hit a two-run homer to put the Giants up 2-1.
The Marlins would tie the game when Stanton crushed a baseball into the seats for his 44th home run of the season. Stanton has now hit a home run in six straight games, and he's homered in 11 of his past 12 games, and 23 of his last 35 games. In fact, he's hit more home runs in the month of August than five other teams in the MLB.
A.J. Ellis also homered for the Marlins, and he only needs 41 home runs to tie Giancarlo Stanton.
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner allowed four runs and nine hits in 6.0 innings pitched. Dan Straily got the start for the Marlins, and he allowed three runs and five hits in 5.0 innings.
The Marlins will look to win the rubber match with the Giants in tomorrow afternoon's series finale. Matt Cain will start for the Giants, while Jose Urena will be on the mound for the Marlins.
Kingfish: Denard Span (.487)
Flounder: Junichi Tazawa (-.565)
Play of the game: Denard Span singles, Carlos Moncrief scores on error (.248)