Giancarlo Stanton's recent power surge has put him right in to the Miami Marlins' record books, with him officially entering on Monday night. Stanton hit his 43rd home run of the season, setting the Marlins' single-season home run record, in what was an 8-3 win over the San Francisco Giants. It was the fifth straight game with a long ball for the slugger, who broke Gary Sheffield's previous record of 42 homers set back in 1996. Difference is, Stanton has done it in just 117 games. He has 22 big flies in the past 34 games, including 17 since July 17th, which matches the amount from the entire Giants' roster in that span. He set the Marlins' record with a two-run bomb off of Ty Blach in the first inning. His five straight games with a homer is also a team record. He would add an RBI single in the seventh inning, leading Miami in its fourth straight victory. Andrew Conley enjoyed the support to earn his fifth win after allowing three runs in 6.1 innings. Marcell Ozuna also went deep in the win, while Dee Gordon extended his hitting streak to 10 games at Marlins Park. The series continues with Game 2 of the series on Tuesday night.
Indians Top Red Sox for Fourth Straight Win
The Cleveland Indians made a pit stop on their current road trip to make up a game in Boston that was previously rained out on Monday. That stop did not slow them down, as The Tribe earned their fourth straight win with a 7-4 victory over the first-place Boston Red Sox. Edwin Encarnacion had his way against his old division rival from his time with the Toronto Blue Jays, as he hit two home runs on the night. The Indians used a quick start to jump out to a 3-0 lead, but the Red Sox used three solo home runs to even the game back up. Rafael Devers hit two of them, while Andrew Benintendi stayed hot with a long ball of his own. That was when Encarnacion took over, clubbing his first two-run home run in the fifth inning, scoring Jose Ramirez, who doubled to lead off the inning. The designated hitter added his second in the seventh inning, also of the two-run variety. It was his third multihomer game of the season, and 28th of his career. Trevor Bauer was the recipient of the run support, earning his his fourth straight victory and 11th win of the season. Cleveland remains atop the AL Central, and will visit the team chasing them down in the Minnesota Twins beginning on Tuesday night.
Hicks Powers Yankees Past Mets
The New York Yankees were coming off a tough weekend series loss to their historic division rival, and right in to a home-and-home series with their in-state rivals. Aaron Hicks' eighth-inning home run led the Yankees to a 4-2 win over the New York Mets in the first game of the "Subway Series" on Monday. Gary Sanchez added a long ball for insurance in the eighth, while rookie Aaron Judge chipped in with his 40th home run of his career, and 36th of the season. That tied the game in the sixth inning, as he connected with his 40th in his 140th career. game. Sanchez reached that mark in 139 games. Hicks' long ball was also the 40th of his career, but he needed 435 career games to get there. The Yankees did lose starter Luis Cessa to what was called soreness behind his shoulder, as he landed on the disabled list with a rib cage injury. He lasted just 4.2 innings and allowed five hits before exiting. David Robertson struck out the side in a scoreless eighth inning to earn his sixth win in relief for New York, who pulls within 4.5 games of the first-place Red Sox in the AL East. Both Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson went deep in the loss for the Mets. The Yankees have now won nine of their past 13 games in the series, and looks to continue that success on Tuesday night.