Series: Game 1 of 3

Miami leads 1-0 (as of 4/4)

Game 1: Friday, April 4
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Game 2: Saturday, April 5
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Game 3: Sunday, April 6
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Padres 2

(1-3, 0-1 away)

Marlins 8

(4-1, 4-1 home)

    Coverage:  FXFL

    7:10 PM ET, April 4, 2014

    Marlins Park, Miami, Florida 

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    W: T. Koehler (1-0)

    L: E. Stults (0-1)

    S: B. Hand (1)

    Giancarlo Stanton hits tape-measure shot to power Marlins past Padres news services

    MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton hit a long home run to help lead the Miami Marlins to an 8-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia had three hits and drove in two runs and Adeiny Hechavarria had a career-high four hits for the Marlins, who have won four of five to start the season.

    Tom Koehler (1-0) pitched six innings, allowing two runs and Brad Hand pitched three scoreless innings for his first career save.

    Yasmani Grandal and Jedd Gyorko each had two hits for the Padres, who have lost three straight. Eric Stults (0-1) allowed five runs in four innings.

    Stanton's two-run shot to left field nearly left the stadium and gave the Marlins a 2-0 lead in the first inning. ESPN Stats & Info HR Tracker estimated the blast at 484 feet, the longest in Marlins Ballpark history.

    It was Stanton's second home run. He has nine RBIs through five games while hitting .350.

    Casey McGehee had two RBI's pushing his total to 10, which is the most by any Marlins player in the first five games of the season. McGehee had a sacrifice fly as part of a three-run third inning to stretch the lead to 5-0 and had an RBI single in the eighth to cap the scoring for Miami.

    The Marlins have scored 35 runs in their 4-1 start after finishing last in the majors in runs last season during their 100-loss campaign.

    On the other end is San Diego, which has scored eight runs in four games.

    Garrett Jones also had an RBI double and Marcell Ozuna drove in a run for the Marlins.

    Hechavarria, known more for his dazzling defensive plays at shortstop, is hitting .579.

    Yonder Alonso and Gyorko drove in the runs for the Padres.

    Game notes

    Grandal, a Miami native, reached base four times and had approximately 150 friends and family members in attendance. ... Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Brandon Albert threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... Marlins 21-year old ace RHP Jose Fernandez (1-0, 1.50) will make his second start of the season on Saturday against Padres RHP Andrew Cashner (0-0, 1.50).

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumMarlins Park, Miami, FL
    Attendance17,783 (47.5% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:37
    Weather78 degrees, partly cloudy
    Wind12 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Brian Knight

    Research Notes

    Giancarlo Stanton's 1st-inning home run off Eric Stults was calculated at 484 feet, the longest home run in the history of Marlins Park. Stanton now has three of the five longest home runs hit by the Marlins since ESPN began tracking Home Runs in 2006.
    Giancarlo Stanton hit .227 against changeups from left-handed pitchers this year, his worst against any pitch type from a lefty. Eric Stults threw a changeup 23 percent of the time last season, tied for the fifth-highest percentage in the league.

    ESPN Stats & Information