Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Slugger, ace carry Marlins

MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton homered and had his first four-hit game since 2012, driving in three to give Jose Fernandez all the support he needed, and the Marlins beat the Mets 7-2 Saturday night.

Miami rocked Jacob deGrom for 10 hits and five runs. DeGrom lasted 32/3 innings in his shortest outing since August.

Fernandez, the former Alonso High standout, improved his ERA at Marlins Park to 1.47 in 37 starts. He also had two hits, hiking his average to .265, and drove in the first run.

Home Run Derby winner Stanton put Miami ahead to stay in the third inning when he hit a majestic two-run homer off the leftfield scoreboard above the 401-foot sign. He added an RBI single in the fourth and singled in the first and sixth, hiking his average to .241 after a prolonged slump.

DeGrom was coming off the first complete game of his career, a one-hit shutout in his last start, but his anticipated pitcher's duel with Fernandez failed to materialize. The Mets right-hander allowed at least two baserunners in every inning he worked, and his ERA rose to 2.73.

DeGrom's best moment came at the plate, where he doubled to lead off the third.

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