Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton clubbed his NL-leading 37th home run of the season, tying the Marlins record for career home runs and the Marlins went on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-4 on Monday night at Miller Park.
Stanton also added to his league leading rbi total, which is now 105. He matched Dan Uggla’s team home run mark of 154.
Yovani Gallardo allowed three home runs in all and made it through just 3 2/3 innings in taking the loss. Gallardo fell to 8-9 on the season with the loss.
St. Louis and Pittsburgh both won, which means the Cardinals lead on the Brewers is now six games for the division lead. The Pirates are also in front of the Brewers by 1 1/2 games for the final NL Wild Card spot.
The Brewers quickly fell behind 1-0 in the first, but scored twice in the bottom half to go up 2-1. But back-to-back home runs by Marcell Ozuna and Garrett Jones in the second made it 3-2. A run scoring single by Christian Yelich made it 4-2.
The Marlins tacked on two more in the third, including Stanton’s home run and it was 6-2. Gallardo was pulled with only 1 out in the fourth.
One of the few bright spots for the Brewers was the 4 1/3 innings of 2-hit relief thrown by Marco Estrada. But it wasn’t enough for the Brewers to pull out a win.
The Brewers have now lost 12 of their last 13 and have 18 games left in the regular season. They’ll send Matt Garza (7-8, 3.87) to the mound against Miami’s Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.74).
Gallardo sets strikeout mark
Yovani Gallardo became the franchise’s all-time strikeout leader, passing Ben Sheets on the all-time list. Gallardo’s strikeout of Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the second inning was his only punch out of the night.