The big slugger hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning and the surprising Marlins earned a rare road win, beating the San Diego Padres 3-1 Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.
Stanton lined an 0-2 pitch from Dale Thayer (2-1) to right-center, a rocket shot that cleared the fence in a hurry at spacious Petco Park.
“That was pretty ridiculous,” Marlins pitcher Jacob Turner said. “To be able to hit that ball, on a line, at this park like that … I don’t know how many other guys could do that. He’s swinging a hot bat and whenever he does, he’s dangerous.”
Stanton leads the NL with 11 home runs and tops the majors with 40 RBIs.
“I looked silly on that second pitch and I knew he was either going to throw something in the dirt or try to elevate that fastball again to see what I was going to do with it,” Stanton said. “That was just putting the barrel on it. It wasn’t a home run swing.”
Said Miami manager Mike Redmond: “I don’t know if you would ever see a right-handed hitter hit the ball out of the ballpark like that.”
“It was an easy play,” Gyorko said. “It’s got to be made every single time. It’s unacceptable. It’s bad. It pretty much cost us the game, so it’s one of those things that’s going to be tough to swallow.”
Coming off an 8-1 homestand, the Marlins (20-15) took over sole possession of first place in the NL East for the first time since April 26, 2011. The last time they were five games over .500 was at 31-26 on June 7, 2012, according to STATS.
Miami improved to 3-10 away from home, the worst road record in the majors, by taking the opener of an 11-game West Coast trip. They did it despite being held to five hits by four Padres pitchers and striking out 17 times.
“It was a long night,” Redmond said. “It wasn’t a great night offensively, a lot of strikeouts. I think it was a big lift for the guys. It was exactly what we needed.”
A.J. Ramos (3-0) worked two hitless innings and Steve Cishek got three outs for his seventh save in eight chances.
Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy homered and tied his career high with 12 strikeouts for the Padres, who have lost seven of nine. They played extra innings for the third time in four games.
Kennedy retired his first 14 batters before Garrett Jones’ two-out double in the fifth. The right-hander allowed one run and four hits in seven innings.