Stanton lined a 2-0 pitch over the left field fence in the first inning for his 43rd homer, breaking Gary Sheffield's season record that stood for 21 years. The All-Star slugger later had an RBI single as Miami won its fourth in a row.
Three Marlins players, Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and AJ Ellis, have homered against Baumgarner.
Kenta Maeda (11-4) went 5 1/3 innings, giving up three earned runs and four hits and striking out eight. In a year or two, the Phillies won't have this kind of payroll flexibility.
Clearly, Stanton recognizes that his fellow Home Run Thing is also awesome and spectacular, and he's either making a case for keeping it or ushering it out by making sure it operates as frequently as possible over its final couple of months. Blach is 3-3 with a 5.06 ERA in 11 appearances (seven starts) away from home as he faces Miami for the first time. Hoskins made his debut Thursday after his contract was selected from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Stanton hit No. 42 on Sunday.
Eclipsing 50 home runs this season would most definitely make pitchers even more unhappy to see Stanton striding to the plate. The Dodgers are 16-0-3 in their last 19 series, and haven't lost one since June 5-7 to Washington.
Nelson Cruz and Mike Zunino hit solo home runs for the Mariners. His previous "weakest" homer was a year ago, August 7 at Coors Field with a 96.1 miles per hour exit velocity. Sammy Sosa hit 25 during a 34-game stretch in 1998, and Barry Bonds had 24 in 2001, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Right-hander Dan Straily will have his not-so-secret weapon with him when he takes the mound against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night - and it is not his fastball, his curve or his slider. Joe Panik had three hits and two RBIs, and Sam Dyson got three outs for his ninth save. He hadn't pitched in the majors since being diagnosed with testicular cancer in November.
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