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Giancarlo Stanton homers twice in Marlins 5-3 loss to Braves

On the night that Giancarlo Stanton took the major league lead in home runs, the Marlins could not get the job done.

Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

Any night when Giancarlo Stanton goes deep twice, you expect to win. The Marlins (51-56) did not come away with a win on Friday night, as they fell to the Braves (50-58) 5-3.

Stanton continued his rampage up the MLB leaderboards. He homered on the first pitch he saw from R.A. Dickey (W, 7-7) in the fourth inning to tie the score at one. Home run No. 34 on the season put Stanton in a deadlock with Aaron Judge for the major league lead.

The game would remain tied until Stanton, once again, went yard. This time a two-run shot into the left field seats to give the Marlins a 3-1 lead in the sixth. This also helped Stanton leap Judge in home runs. 35 with two months to go — not bad!

Unfortunately for the Marlins, that is all the good news to report from this game. Adam Conley (L, 4-4) was...(how do I put this kindly?)...average. His line on the evening: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K. If you looked up average in the dictionary, this is the exact pitching line that would show up.

The big blow came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Brandon Phillips and Tyler Flowers singled before Nick Markakis hit a back-breaking three-run homer to put the Braves on top for good.

Phillips would provide an extra insurance run in the bottom of the seventh after Lane Adams led off the inning against Dustin McGowan with a double and scored when Phillips collected his second hit of the game. Ho-hum.

The Marlins finished the game with only six hits, which (unsurprisingly) turned out to not be enough to win.

Here is the Fangraphs win expectancy graph:


The Marlins and Braves will meet again tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. It will be Dan Straily for the Marlins and Mike Foltynewicz for the Braves.