The Miami Marlins could not have asked for more from Mat Latos in their 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.
The victory was Miami's third in a row and clinched a series win over the Rockies. Thus far, the Marlins are 7-5 in June and have improved their record to 29-36. With the exception of a sweep by the Toronto Blue Jays, Miami has looked great this month.
Mat Latos returned from the disabled list to make the start in this one, and turned in his best start as a Marlin thus far. The veteran struck out 11 in seven innings. Latos only allowed four hits and one run to improve to 2-4 on the season. Since beginning the year with an abysmal start, Latos has lowered his E.R.A to 5.44.
A.J. Ramos continued to show that his blown save in Toronto was an aberration with a perfect ninth inning. Ramos has eight saves in nine chances since taking over the closer's role, and a sizzling 1.47 E.R.A this year.
Giancarlo Stanton did not slow down in the win as he blasted yet another home run. Stanton now has 23 home runs this season which leads Major League Baseball. The slugger's 59 runs batted in are best in MLB as well. Currently, Stanton is on pace to smash franchise records in both categories.
Stanton also doubled in the game to go along with his four RBI. The outfielder accounted for all of Miami's runs in the win, and has his average up to .260 this season.
The Marlins will try for an elusive four-game sweep on Sunday when Dan Haren takes on the Rockies.