In what's becoming an everyday occurrence, Giancarlo Stanton homered again in Sunday's game against the Padres. Stanton's two-run blast, which was his 50th of the season, gave the Marlins the lead for good in the eighth inning.
Giancarlo Stanton has hit his 50th dinger and is the first player since Prince Fielder did it in 2007 pic.twitter.com/IDClsAULJJ— Baseball King™ (@BasebaIlKing) August 27, 2017
Miami used Stanton's homer to defeat the Padres 6-2, which gave the Marlins a series sweep.
Stanton is the first National League player to hit 50 homers since Prince Fielder in 2007. His heroics prompted chants of "M-V-P!" from a rather spirited Marlins crowd. Stanton then made his way to the top step of the dugout, raising his helmet towards the fans.
Giancarlo set the tone for a four-run inning by the Marlins. In honor of the Little League World Series Championship, Christian Yelich followed G’s blast with a "little-league home run," to put the Marlins up 5-2. Derek Dietrich would also homer to give Miami a 6-2 advantage.
Stanton got the Marlins going early, as he doubled home Dee Gordon to give Miami an early 1-0 lead. He would then score on a wild pitch to double the lead.
San Diego would tie the game when starting pitcher Clayton Richard homered to tie the game at two. But besides that blunder, Dan Straily was solid for Miami, as he allowed two runs and six hits over six innings.
Jarlin Garcia, Kyle Barraclough, and Brad Ziegler combined to allow zero runs in three innings of relief to secure the victory.
After sweeping the Padres for the first time since 2012, the Marlins are now three games over .500, and have won 13 of their last 16 games. With the Rockies victory over the Braves, the Marlins remain 4.5 games back of the second wild card.
Miami will travel to the nation's capital to take on the Nationals in a three-game series starting Monday. Jose Urena will get the start for Miami, while Edwin Jackson starts for Washington.