The Miami Marlins could not take advantage of two home runs from Giancarlo Stanton in their 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Friday.
Stanton now has ten home runs this season to go along with 35 runs batted in. The second blast was a tape measure shot to center-field. It was the second time in a week that Stanton sent a ball further than 470 feet. The second home run also tied the game at the time when it landed in the seats during the seventh inning.
The game itself was a bit of a roller coaster with Miami fighting back multiple times. The Braves saw two leads vanish before holding onto their third and final advantage. With the loss, the Marlins are now 16-20 on the year.
David Phelps had an up-and-down start while coming away with a no-decision. Phelps allowed nine hits in six innings, but also struck out eight hitters. After struggling with command early on, Phelps ended his evening with solid frames. The eight strikeouts were one shy of a career-high for the right-hander.
As has been the case all season long, the bullpen faltered for Miami. Handed a 3-3 game in the eighth inning, Mike Dunn and Bryan Morris combined to allow a pair of runs. Those runs would prove to be the difference in this one.
Dee Gordon kept his impressive campaign going with his 11th three-hit day this year. Gordon now has 61 hits this season which easily leads Major League Baseball. The second baseman's .433 batting average also paces MLB.
The Marlins will look to rebound from this loss when they send Mat Latos to the mound on Saturday.