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.