Stanton Blasts Marlins Into First Place in 11th Inning

Giancarlo Stanton's home run in the 11th inning gave the Marlins solo possession of first in the NL East

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    Giancarlo Stanton's game-winner was his 11th home run of the year.

    The Miami Marlins are alone in the first place in the National League East thanks to a Giancarlo Stanton two-run home run in the 11th in the early hours of Friday morning.

    Stanton's long ball was his 11th of the season and also gave the slugger 40 runs batted in on the year. The final score was a 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres and was also the fifth straight for Miami. It came on the road where the Marlins have struggled mightily this season.

    Despite having the most wins in all of Major League Baseball at home, the Marlins had difficulty reaching the summit of the division due to their 2-10 record away from home going into Thursday. 

    Jacob Turner turned in easily his best effort of the season thus far going six strong innings in which he struck out four and walked one. Turner allowed one run on five hits and threw only 80 pitches. With his spot due up in the seventh, manager Mike Redmond elected to pinch-hit for Turner even though the right-hander likely had at least one more inning left in him.

    Carter Capps entered to pitch the seventh and turned in a scoreless inning of relief. Mike Dunn was brought in to handle the eighth and also gave the Marlins a scoreless frame.

    A.J. Ramos came in for the bottom of the ninth and worked around a walk to send the game to extra innings. In the tenth, Ramos gave Miami a perfect inning and set himself up for the win to move to 3-0 on the season. Steve Cishek worked a 1-2-3 11th for his seventh save of the season.

    The Marlins were being held without a base runner after four and two third innings when Garrett Jones doubled into center-field. The ball almost left the park but was good enough to get the Marlins into the hit column. It was the seventh double of the year for Jones who has been swinging a hotter bat as of late after a sluggish start 2014.
    Christian Yelich also doubled in the game, it was his sixth two-bagger and he tied the game with his run scored. Derek Dietrich was the man who brought Yelich in with an RBI single in the sixth inning.
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a tough game going 0-4 with four strikeouts including one with the bases loaded in the sixth to end the inning. Miami combined to strike out 18 times on the day with a dozen of those being credited to Ian Kennedy who started for the game for San Diego.
    Miami will look to make it six wins in a row on Friday when Jose Fernandez takes the mound against San Diego.