Stanton's homer helps Marlins complete sweep of Reds, 7-3
Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, right, is congratulated by Martin Prado (14) after hitting a two-run home run scoring Prado during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, July 10, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
MIAMI (AP) Giancarlo Stanton's 20th home run put the Miami Marlins ahead to stay, and they completed their first series sweep of Cincinnati since 2003, winning 7-3 Sunday.
Stanton, who will compete Monday in the All-Star Home Run Derby, was batting .193 on June 15 but has surged of late and goes into the break with an average of .233 and 50 RBIs. His two-run homer in the fifth gave Miami a 4-3 lead.
Thanks to three consecutive wins over last-place Cincinnati, the Marlins (47-41) have their best record at the All-Star break since 1997. The Reds were swept in Miami for the first time since 1996.
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Miami's Adeiny Hechavarria scored from second base on a passed ball, a franchise first.
Four Marlins relievers combined to allow two baserunners over the final five innings. Mike Dunn (1-1) pitched a perfect fifth to break the franchise record for career pitching appearances with his 369th.
Rookie Cody Reed (0-4) allowed three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.