Miami's Stanton hits first spring home run

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 9, 2014 at 4:25 pm •  Published: March 9, 2014
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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit his first home run of spring training for Miami and the Marlins lost to the Tigers 3-1 on Sunday.

Alex Avila has a two-out, two-run double in the eighth for the Tigers.

Stanton homered on the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the fourth, a shot that landed on the second-floor balcony of the Marlins executive office in left field.

Tyler Collins evened the score for the Tigers to 1-1 when he hit a one-out home run to right in the seventh.

STARTING TIME

Tigers: Rick Porcello had his third start of the spring and pitched for 3 1-3 innings. He allowed Stanton's home run, four hits and one earned run. Following Stanton's home run, Garrett Jones struck out and Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled to right field to end Porcello's day.

Marlins: Tom Koehler made his second start and pitched four scoreless innings. He allowed a single to Miguel Cabrera in the first.

"He's one of those guys that you almost feel is one step ahead of you so you have to make sure you're executing all of your pitches," Koehler said. If you make a mistake you know that mistake can become a souvenir."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Starting shortstop Jose Iglesias remains sidelined with shins soreness. His only appearance was against the Braves on Feb. 27.