Stanton hits NL-leading 15th HR, Marlins top Nats

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm •  Published: May 26, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton once again put on quite a show at Nationals Park.

His latest effort keyed a rare Marlins win at Washington.

Stanton hit his NL-leading 15th home run and also doubled and singled in another power performance in the nation's capital, leading Miami over Washington 3-2 Monday.

Stanton doubled and scored in the first inning, then launched a long two-run homer in third.

"I don't know," Stanton said. "There's certain things you can't explain like that. It's just good it worked out today. But I understand that I do a little bit better here, but you can't really attest it to anything."

Stanton is batting .333 (43 for 129) with 14 home runs and 27 RBIs in Washington since his career began in 2010. He has homered at Nationals Park more than any other visiting player during that time.

"We need to come out with some momentum and we were able to do that today," manager Mike Redmond said. "(Stanton) crushed that (homer) and had some great at-bats, and that's what it's going to take for us to win games on the road."

The Marlins improved to 7-17 on the road; they're 20-8 at home. They won for just the second time their last 14 games at Washington.

"They've had our number for a while now," Stanton said. "So it was great to start the series off (with a win.)"

Nathan Eovaldi (4-2) pitched 6 1-3 innings, giving up two runs and three hits. Steve Cishek worked the ninth for his 11th save.

Eovaldi earned his first road win since Sept. 1, 2013. He has won consecutive starts for the first time in his career.

"I was able locate the fastball for the most part and get ahead strike one, and then I was using my off-speed pitches," Eovaldi said.

Adam LaRoche homered for the Nationals.

Tanner Roark (3-3) went seven innings.

Washington trailed 3-0 and had only one hit before Jayson Werth singled with one out in the sixth. LaRoche, in his second game back from the disabled list, homered into the second deck in right to cut the deficit to 3-2.

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