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Stanton blasts propel Marlins to win over Cubs

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MIAMI -- When Giancarlo Stanton hits, runs and wins come a lot more easily for the Miami Marlins.

Stanton homered twice and drove in four runs Sunday, and Miami beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 to avert a four-game sweep.

The Marlins improved to 6-19, still worst in the majors, and 3-10 at home. They benefited from a rare offensive outburst, scoring more than three runs for only the fifth time this season and twice coming from behind.

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Stanton led the way, showing further signs he has shaken a prolonged slump to start the season.

"It was just a matter of time," manager Mike Redmond said. "This guy is a special player. He's a game-changer."

Nick Green also hit a homer, and confessed he didn't remember his last one because it came so long ago -- in 2009.

Green said the return of Stanton's power stroke gave the rest of the Marlins a boost.

"It's huge for this team," Green said. "Everybody expects him to hit a home run or get a guy in every single time, which isn't possible. But having him get his confidence back is the biggest thing to lift our team up."

Ricky Nolasco (2-2) gave up three runs in seven innings and retired the final 15 batters he faced.

Stanton, who led the NL in slugging last year, waited 65 at-bats to hit his first homer Saturday. He hit another in the first inning off Carlos Villanueva to put Miami ahead 2-1.

The All-Star right fielder singled home a run and later scored in the sixth. He homered again leading off in the eighth against Kameron Loe and finished 3 for 3 to raise his average to .243.

Stanton had been 0 for 4 with four strikeouts previously against Loe. The multihomer game was his seventh.

"When you see guys hit balls that hard, that's pretty fun to watch," Redmond said. "It takes that pressure off everybody. Everybody is, 'OK, we can relax now. I don't have to carry the weight of the offense.' When he's going good, we have a chance to do some damage."

Stanton didn't talk with reporters after the game.

"Even though he was struggling, guys like that are due to break out," said Villanueva (1-1). "Obviously you don't want it to happen against your team. I made a couple of mistakes on him, and he took advantage."

Villanueva allowed four runs in six innings, raising his ERA to 2.29.

Nolasco fell behind 3-2 when he permitted the first four batters to reach in the third inning, then didn't allow another baserunner. He improved to 5-2 against the team that drafted him in 2001.

Chicago's Dioner Navarro homered in the ninth off Steve Cishek, who nonetheless earned his third save in four chances.

The Cubs' poor hitting with runners in scoring position persisted. They went 1 for 8 in those situations.

"We're out there battling right to the last inning, and you saw that again today," manager Dale Sveum said. "It's just one of those things you have to work through."

Chicago, last in the NL Central, heads home after going 4-6 on a three-city trip.

Stanton's first-inning homer was the only hit allowed by Villanueva until the sixth, when Juan Pierre singled with one out and stole second. Stanton hit an RBI single and took second on the throw home, then scored on a two-out single by Donovan Solano that put Miami ahead to stay, 4-3.

Green drove in his first run this season with a homer off Loe in the seventh.

Anthony Rizzo's double off the wall scored David DeJesus from first base in the Cubs' first. Villanueva and DeJesus singled to start the third, and Starlin Castro followed with a two-run double that gave Chicago a 3-2 lead.

Notes

  • Marlins 1B Joe Mahoney sat out and is day to day with a tight right hamstring.
  • Castro made a diving catch of Solano's liner to end the first inning.
  • Beginning Monday against San Diego, the Cubs play 16 of their next 19 games at home.
  • The Marlins improved to 82-81 against the Cubs.
  • Two of the game's top young pitchers will square off Monday in Miami when the Marlins' Jose Fernandez goes against the Mets' Matt Harvey.
 
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Giancarlo Stanton's two home runs help the Marlins top three runs for just the fifth time this season.  (USATSI)
Giancarlo Stanton's two home runs help the Marlins top three runs for just the fifth time this season. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Chicago

S. Castro
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Miami

G. Stanton
AB 3
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
 

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Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, CF3210100 .284
Starlin Castro, SS4022011 .272
Anthony Rizzo, 1B3021110 .211
Alfonso Soriano, LF4000005 .247
Nate Schierholtz, RF3000002 .300
   a- Scott Hairston, PH-RF1000002 .074
Dioner Navarro, C4111002 .167
Luis Valbuena, 3B4000000 .239
Darwin Barney, 2B4000000 .167
Carlos Villanueva, P2110000 .143
   b- Dave Sappelt, PH1000000 .194
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
   c- Julio Borbon, PH1000000 .333
Totals3447422  
a-flied out for Schierholtz in the 8th
b-popped out for Villanueva in the 7th
c-grounded out for Loe in the 9th
Batting
2B - Starlin Castro (5, Nolasco), Anthony Rizzo (3, Nolasco)
HR - Dioner Navarro (3, Cishek)
RBI - Starlin Castro 2 (10), Anthony Rizzo (19), Dioner Navarro (4)
Team LOB - 5
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Villanueva (L,1-1) 6444381 2.29
Kameron Loe 2322002 7.71
IBB - Dobbs by Carlos Villanueva
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Villanueva 100-64, Kameron Loe 28-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Villanueva 5-4, Kameron Loe 5-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Villanueva 24, Kameron Loe 9
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF4110001 .209
Chris Coghlan, CF3100112 .167
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3334100 .243
Greg Dobbs, 1B3000111 .232
Donovan Solano, 2B4011010 .244
Rob Brantly, C4000012 .219
Nick Green, SS3111020 .278
Chris Valaika, 3B3010000 .238
Ricky Nolasco, P2000020 .100
   a- Austin Kearns, PH1000001 .167
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
    Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
Totals3067638  
a-grounded out for Nolasco in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chris Valaika (4, Loe)
HR - Giancarlo Stanton 2 (3, Villanueva, Loe), Nick Green (1, Loe)
RBI - Giancarlo Stanton 4 (9), Donovan Solano (3), Nick Green (1)
2-OUT RBI - Giancarlo Stanton (4), Donovan Solano (3)
SB - Juan Pierre (6, 2nd base off Villanueva/Navarro)
CS - Greg Dobbs (1, 2nd base by Villanueva/Navarro)
Team LOB - 3
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Nolasco (W,2-2) 7433220 3.82
Mike Dunn (H,4) 1200000 2.13
Steve Cishek (S,3) 1111001 5.73
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 100-63, Mike Dunn 16-13, Steve Cishek 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 10-9, Mike Dunn 1-2, Steve Cishek 3-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 27, Mike Dunn 5, Steve Cishek 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19817
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Cory Blaser