MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton felt no pain when he hit his 20th home run Wednesday. His bruised left wrist hurt only when he swung and missed.
The Miami Marlins right fielder injured his wrist when he ran into the wall chasing a flyball in the first inning. He homered in the bottom of the first but departed after six innings, compounding the sting of a 6-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
Stanton said the injury wasn't serious, and he expected to be back in the lineup Thursday against the New York Mets. But he said his wrist bothered him more as the game progressed, and it was swollen after the game.
"It was getting tighter and tighter," he said. "On swings and misses, it hurts a lot."
Stanton hasn't missed a game this season, and he leads the NL in homers and RBIs with 57. That's why manager Mike Redmond took no chances with the injury.
"We need this guy for the long haul," Redmond said. "He wanted to stay in, but I'm thinking about tomorrow and the next day."
The Cubs' big lead made the decision easier. Jake Arrieta shook off the early homer and had a career-high 11 strikeouts in seven innings, and Nate Schierholtz hit a three-run homer.
Schierholtz was in a 3-for-26 slump before he hit his third homer off Nathan Eovaldi (4-3) in the Cubs' four-run sixth. Eovaldi allowed five runs in six-plus innings, the latest in a succession of shaky starts by the Marlins' rotation.
"I fell apart in the sixth," Eovaldi said. "They put together some good at-bats, and I just left the ball in the middle."
Eovaldi, back from paternity leave after joining his wife in Texas for the birth of their first child Monday, declined to blame any distractions for his performance.
"You've got to be able to come back and perform," he said. "If anything, I was excited to get back to the guys and play."
The Marlins struck out 14 times. They went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position and went 4 for 30 in those situations in the series.
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