MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit two home runs and made a spectacular diving catch in right field to help the Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Monday night.
Stanton’s 13th multi-homer game established a franchise career record and he tied Hanley Ramirez for second place on the club’s all-time home run list with 148. Stanton hit a two-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the third to give him 31 on the season.
Marlins starter Tom Koehler (8-9) allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings.
Steve Cishek escaped the ninth to record his 30th save in 33 chances. With two outs, Cishek allowed an RBI triple by Kolten Wong and an RBI single by Matt Holliday allowing the Cardinals to pull within 6-5. Cishek struck out Matt Adams to end the game.
Jon Jay hit a two-run home run, Holliday had four hits, and Shelby Miller (8-9) allowed five runs in five innings for the Cardinals, who have lost three of four.
Stanton’s diving catch to his left on the warning track took a hit away from Wong in the fifth inning and prompted the home crowd into giving him a standing ovation with two homers already to his credit.
Koehler and the Marlins also benefited from key defensive plays by Jordany Valdespin, Christian Yelich, and Adeiny Hechavarria.
The Cardinals were 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
The Marlins led 3-0 after Stanton’s homers, but the Cardinals tied it with three runs in the fourth. Hechavarria and Yelich drove in runs in the bottom of the inning to put the Marlins up 5-3.
Marlins’ hard-throwing right-hander Carter Capps, who has been out since May 25 with a right elbow sprain, could make his return to the team as early as September.
“He’s feeling good and from what I’ve heard, everything is going great, he’s feeling great,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.
Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright (14-6, 2.28) will take the mound Tuesday against Marlins right-hander Jarred Cosart (0-1, 6.75). Wainwright will be making his first start against the Marlins in four years and Cosart will be making his return to the mound after being scratched from his last start with a sore left oblique.
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