Marlins’ Stanton homers to reach 100-RBI mark for first time

Miami's Giancarlo Stanton (right) high-fives Donovan Solano after hitting at two-run homer in the third.

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MIAMI — Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton’s MVP-caliber season welcomed a new milestone Tuesday night.

Stanton’s two-run homer off the sculpture in left-center field during the third inning gave him 101 RBI through 137 games. 

With his National League-leading 35th home run off New York Mets lefty Jon Niese, Stanton took over the majors-league lead for runs driven in.

Not only did Stanton tack onto his career-best, single-season RBI mark, but he also became the first Marlins player since Dan Uggla in 2010 to achieve the feat of 100. Uggla finished with 105 in his final year with the organization.

"For him that’s huge," manager Mike Redmond said after the 8-6 loss. "This guy’s been locked in and feeling good. The last couple of days his swings have been great, and he’s been focused. I know he probably doesn’t think about the 100 RBI, but to see the way he’s playing and really crushed on this one and continue to put together good at-bats and get big hits, you see the difference in our lineup when he’s hitting and when he’s driving in those runs."

Just 12 Marlins have collected 100 or more RBI in franchise history. It has been done 16 times. The club record for most in a season is 121 by Preston Wilson in 2000.

Stanton is just the second Marlins player with 35-plus home runs and 100-plus RBI in a season, joining Gary Sheffield (42/120) in 1996.

"We go down four and one swing we’re back in the game," Redmond said. "That’s what he brings. He has that ability to change a game with one swing. There’s not a lot of those guys out there."

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