Cardinals starter Shelby Miller help put Giancarlo Stanton’s name into the Miami Marlins record books on Monday night. Stanton hit two homers off Miller as he gave up five runs in the first four innings while taking the loss in a 6-5 final.
For Stanton, it was his 13th multi-homer game of the season, setting a franchise mark, as he hit 30 and 31 on the year. Stanton hit a 95 mph fastball to right center with one on in the first to give Miami a 2-0 lead. His next time up, Miller approached him differently, but the results were the same after Miller hung a 76 mph curve that Stanton crushed 470 feet, giving the Marlins a 3-0 lead.
Watch Stanton’s two homers and his diving catch, robbing Kolten Wong of extra bases. (video/MLB)
The Cardinals tied it on an RBI single from A.J. Pierzynski and a two-run homer from Jon Jay in the fourth, but Miller gave the lead back to Miami in the bottom half of the inning, allowing two more runs.
Down 6-3 in the ninth, the Cardinals made one more push with two outs. Steve Cishek allowed an RBI triple by Wong and an RBI single by Matt Holliday, allowing the Cardinals to pull within 6-5. Cishek struck out Matt Adams to end the game.
Milwaukee topped Chicago and Pittsburgh beat Detroit, dropping the Cardinals to third place, a half-game behind the Pirates and now three behind the Brewers in the Central Division. St. Louis holds a half-game lead over San Francisco for the final wild card spot.