Stanton homers as Marlins beat Nationals

Giancarlo Stanton's home run off Washington Nationals starter A.J. Cole in a 7-3 win for the Miami Marlins was impressive for far more than its velocity and distance.

Tuesday's home run was Stanton's 38th of the MLB season to mark a career high for the Marlins slugger. 

Stanton had hit 37 home runs in each of the 2012 and 2014 seasons, but this campaign he has hit 38 in all of 109 games. He posted 37 in 123 games in 2012 and it took him 145 games to manage that many in 2014. His 38th homer was a no-doubter.

What marks the success for Stanton this season though has been how hot he has been after the All-Star break. The 27-year-old has hit 12 homers in addition to driving in 25 runs in 23 games since coming back from the break.

Stanton has smashed a home run every 6.5 at bats since coming off the break and has driven in a run about every three at-bats.



Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 Detroit Tigers
Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 New York Yankees
New York Mets 5-4 Texas Rangers
Tampa Bay Rays 0-2 Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox 8-5 Houston Astros
Kansas City Royals 3-10 St Louis Cardinals
Oakland Athletics 6-7 Seattle Mariners
San Francisco Giants 6-3 Chicago Cubs
Washington Nationals 3-7 Miami Marlins
Cincinnati Reds 3-7 San Diego Padres
Cleveland Indians 4-1 Colorado Rockies
Atlanta Braves 2-5 Philadelphia Phillies
Minnesota Twins 11-4 Milwaukee Brewers
Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3 Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Baltimore Orioles



It is hard to give Chris Sale the nod over Corey Kluber. But a line of 8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB and 13 Ks in a win over the Rays is about as good of a line as you can get and even better than Kluber's line of 9 IP, 3 H, 1ER, 0 BB and 11 Ks against the Rockies. 



Astros Dallas Keuchel tossed four innings while giving up 10 hits, eight earned runs and walked three in a loss to the White Sox. His two strikeouts matched a season low (from his last start) and is also the lowest total of strikeouts he has had since July 4, 2014.



Reds centre fielder Billy Hamilton may have overrun a fly ball off the bat of San Diego's Carlos Asuaje, but he at least overran it in style.



Alex Wood versus Zach Greinke, need we say more? Wood has 13 victories, Greinke has 13. Whoever wins on Wednesday will take over the number two spot in the NL in wins. Add that to the fact that this is first v second in the NL West and this is going to be a good one yet again.  

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