Marlins 12, Diamondbacks 3
Giancarlo Stanton doesn’t look like someone who spent a month on
the disabled list after knee surgery.
Stanton continued his offensive surge with two homers, including
the first of back-to-back home runs during Miami’s nine-run fourth
inning, and the Marlins routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-3 on
”My body is letting me,” said Stanton, who hit a towering
442-foot home run into the second deck in the fourth three days
after hitting a 494-foot blast in Colorado. ”I thought I would
need a little more days off but it has responded well.”
Since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 7 following
surgery to remove loose bodies from his right knee, Stanton is 13
for 43 with four doubles, five homers and 11 RBIs. His 26 home runs
are rank him third in the National League.
”This guy is so good, so talented,” said Marlins manager Ozzie
Guillen. ”He has missed half a year and he still has 20-something
home runs. That is how talented he is.”
Justin Ruggiano homered after Stanton, and Jose Reyes had four
hits – including three doubles – scored twice and drove in a run.
John Buck homered among his three hits and Donnie Murphy added an
RBI triple for the Marlins, who have won three of their last
Miami’s 10 hits in the fourth matched a franchise record set
last September 9 at Pittsburgh, and the 12 runs and 20 hits were
”Finally we got to see some guys having fun in the dugout, a
little smile and enjoying the game,” Guillen said. ”I like when I
see those guys excited, happy, smiling and having some fun in the
dugout. We have had so many long faces all year long. Watching
those guys just for a day enjoying this game, I wish we could do it
a little more often.”
Marlins starter Mark Buehrle (11-11) was the beneficiary of the
offense while allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings for
his second straight win. He struck out four without a walk.
”Don’t talk to me. See the guys who did all the work today,”
Buehrle said. ”When you get a lead like that you obviously don’t
want to go out there and pump heaters. You still have to pitch and
get guys out.”
Joe Saunders (6-10) took the loss, giving up a career-worst nine
runs on 12 hits with two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out
two as his ERA soared from 3.70 to 4.22.
”Joe just didn’t throw the ball very good,” said Arizona
manager Kirk Gibson. ”It happened quickly. With all the games we
have coming up we were kinda forced to try and stick with him and
save the bullpen but it didn’t work out that way.”
The Diamondbacks had their four-game winning streak snapped.
After the game, the Diamondbacks announced long-time shortstop
Stephen Drew was traded to the Oakland Athletics for a minor-league
Jason Kubel homered in the first to give Arizona a 1-0 lead, but
the Marlins quickly took control.
Donovan Solano singled to center and Reyes hit a broken-bat
blooper just onto the grass behind the infield cutout. Lee followed
with a broken-bat popup that landed harmlessly on the infield dirt
between first and second as Aaron Hill was wrong-footed breaking to
cover second on the hit-and-run, scoring Solano.
The bloop hits ended there.
Stanton drove a pitch into the second deck, just short of the
restaurant above the left-field fence, to give Miami a 4-1 lead.
Ruggiano then homered into the camera well in the batters’ eye
above center field to make it 5-1.
Both home runs, coming on the heels of three singles that
traveled less than 350 feet combined, were estimated at 442
”That’s all you can do in this game – make pitches – and
whatever happens, happens,” Saunders said.
Buck singled before Saunders earned a sarcastic cheer from the
crowd by retiring Murphy on a fly ball to center, and Buerhle
popped a bunt into Saunders glove five feet in front of the
But Emilio Bonifacio easily beat out a grounder to third, Solano
singled for the second time in the inning to bring home Buck, Reyes
doubled and Lee singled to complete the Marlins’ outburst.
”I walked up here (in the clubhouse) and sat on the couch and
got razzed by J.J. (Josh Johnson) and Ricky (Nolasco) about getting
so many runs and what I do to the team to get so many runs scored
when I am pitching. I had to just move around. I can’t just sit
there on the bench.”
Chris Johnson snapped a 0-for-18 skid, singling in Paul
Goldschmidt in the fourth for Arizona.
Murphy tripled home Buck in the fifth for Miami, and Stanton and
Buck homered in the seventh against Arizona reliever Brad
Kubel added an RBI groundout in the eighth off Chris
NOTES: Stanton has six career two-homer games, including two
this season. … Saunders, who allowed nine runs – six earned – on
August 25, 2010, gave up 12 hits for the third time in his career.
He failed to get out of the fourth for the second time this season.
… The Marlins’ biggest-ever inning also came against Arizona, a
10-run effort on July 9, 2009. … The Marlins are the second club
to record six straight hits in an inning against the Diamondbacks
this season. … Gibson said Willie Bloomquist is expected to
return to the lineup on Friday. . Nolasco takes the mound for the
Marlins on Tuesday against RHP Trevor Cahill in a matchup of
pitchers looking for their 10th win of the season. Nolasco pitched
a complete-game loss against Colorado on Thursday, his only
complete game of the season. Cahill, 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA in his
last two starts at Chase Field, also will be going for his 50th