Stanton reaches 100-RBI mark for first time

Stanton reaches 100-RBI mark for first time

MIAMI -- After Giancarlo Stanton hit his 34th homer and drove in his 99th run of the season on Monday, he came just shy of hitting another home run in four of his next five turns, including Tuesday's game.

But in the third inning of the Marlins' 8-6 loss to the Mets on Tuesday, Stanton got the best of a Jon Niese four-seam fastball, putting enough muscle behind it for it to land in the fake water of the home run structure in center field, just above the scoreboard.

The blast, his 35th of the year, drove in two runs and brought the Marlins within one run of the Mets. It also put Stanton just over the century mark for the first time in his career. The 101 runs Stanton has knocked in this year are the most any Marlin has had since Dan Uggla recorded 105 RBIs in 2010.

"We were down four and with one swing we were right back in the game," manager Mike Redmond said. "That's what he brings. He has that ability to change a game with one swing. There's not a lot of those guys out there."

Preston Wilson set the club record of 121 RBIs in '00. Only 11 Marlins had driven in 100 or more runs in club history before Stanton joined the ranks, although the mark had been reached 15 times before Tuesday. The 24-year-old also joins Gary Sheffield as the only two Marlins players to hit 35-plus homers and have 100-plus RBIs in a season. Sheffield hit 42 blasts and drove in 120 runs for the Marlins in '96.

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