- Associated Press - Friday, April 4, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - Giancarlo Stanton’s home runs can be indescribable for his Marlins teammates.

“Uuufff,” was all shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria could come up with after Stanton’s latest mammoth shot.

Stanton hit a homer that was pushing 500 feet to lead Miami to an 8-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.

His two-run blast traveled an estimated 484 feet to left field, according to ESPN Stats and Info, nearly leaving the stadium and giving the Marlins a 2-0 lead in the first inning

“He absolutely crushed that ball, but it doesn’t surprise me,” Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler said. “I’ve seen him hit balls further.”

Jarrod Saltalamacchia had three hits and drove in two runs and Adeiny Hechavarria had a career-high four hits for the Marlins, who have won four of five to start the season.

“I think guys are feeling good, they’re confident,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “We’re having fun. We’re just going out there and playing.”

Tom Koehler (1-0) pitched six innings, allowing two runs and Brad Hand pitched three scoreless innings for his first career save.

Yasmani Grandal and Jedd Gyorko each had two hits for the Padres, who have lost three straight. Eric Stults (0-1) allowed five runs in four innings.

Stanton’s second home run got the Marlins rolling and is the longest in the three-year history of the Marlins ballpark.

“It was a good first punch,” Stanton said.

He has nine RBIs through five games while hitting .350.

Logan Morrison previously had the longest homer in the stadium at 467 feet off Washington’s Dan Haren on Sept. 6, 2013.

“Now you can’t say Lo-Mo’s got a bigger bomb than me,” Stanton said. “I thought the one that hit the scoreboard (462 feet against Jamie Moyer in 2012) was equivalent, but sweet.

The pitch wasn’t where Stults had in mind.

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