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Stanton crushes walk-off grand slam against M’s

AP

A replay reversal loaded the bases with nobody out and the score tied in the ninth inning, which meant the Seattle Mariners had to pitch to Giancarlo Stanton for a change.

He made them pay.

Stanton hit a grand slam to redeem himself for a costly error early in the game, and the Miami Marlins beat the Seattle Mariners 8-4 Friday night.

“We tried to stay away from him all night, because he is the one guy in that lineup that can really hurt you,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. “We had no choice there.”

The overturned call set the table for Stanton. Reed Johnson was ruled out at third on a force play following a bunt, but the umpires reviewed the call and determined third baseman Kyle

Seager had juggled the ball.

“I’m a big fan of replay tonight,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “I was fired up when we won the challenge.”

“I knew it was going to be overturned right away,” McClendon said. “That was the right call.”

Seattle deployed five infielders for a potential forceout at the plate, and Stanton cleared them all with a towering homer to the left of the home-run sculpture. The 198-cm, 110-kg slugger took a pounding from jubilant teammates when he reached home plate, but he said he wasn’t hurt.

“Nah,” he said. “I was throwing punches too.”

Stanton tied a career high with five RBIs to increase his total to 26, most in the majors. He also had an error in the second inning in right field that scored two unearned runs.

Stanton was intentionally walked in consecutive at-bats, so he had to wait until the ninth to make amends for his defensive lapse.

“I knew this game was going to be lost or won because of me,” he said. “I was like, ‘If I get a chance to hit, I’d better take care of it, because of what I did earlier in the game.’ It was definitely in my mind as a duty.”

The Mariners lost their fourth game in a row, while the Marlins won for only the second time in the past 11 games.

Johnson singled to start the ninth against Yoervis Medina (0-1), and Christian Yelich beat out a sacrifice bunt for his third hit. Marcell Ozuna’s bunt loaded the bases following the replay review, and Stanton hit a 1-2 slider for his sixth home run.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his second homer for Miami, which won despite two errors that led to three unearned runs.

The Marlins’ Nathan Eovaldi pitched six innings and allowed three runs, one earned.

Steve Cishek (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth.

The Mariners, beginning their first series in Miami since 2005 and their second ever, squandered repeated scoring chances. They went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Abraham Almonte had a double and a triple and scored twice, but slumping Robinson Cano went 1- for-5 and is 4-for-22 on the Mariners’ trip.

Seattle’s patchwork rotation again failed to go deep into a game. Chris Young lasted only three innings while giving up seven hits and four runs.

“I just never got in a rhythm,” Young said. “I never felt comfortable. I wanted to go deep in the game, and I need to pitch better to do so.”

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Braves 6, Mets 0

In New York, Aaron Harang threw no-hit ball for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and reliever Luis Avilan gave up David Wright’s two-out single in the eighth as Atlanta beat the Mets.

D-Backs 4, Dodgers 2 (12)

In Los Angeles, Aaron Hill hit a two-run single in the 12th inning and Miguel Montero homered, leading Arizona to a victory over the hosts.

Brewers 5, Pirates 3

In Pittsburgh, Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning and Carlos Gomez homered to lead Milwaukee past the Pirates.

Reds 4, Cubs 1

In Chicago, Alfredo Simon lowered his ERA to 0.86, and Cincinnati won for the 16th time in its last 17 games at Wrigley Field.

Nationals 3, Cardinals 1

In Wahington, St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina’s throwing error combined with Michael Wacha’s wild pitch to allow two unearned runs in the seventh inning, breaking a tie and helping Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals get the win.

Padres 2, Giants 1

In San Diego, Tyson Ross held San Francisco to four hits and struck out nine in eight scoreless innings, and San Diego handed Matt Cain his third straight loss.

Rockies 12, Phillies 1

In Denver, Troy Tulowitzki hit a three-run home run after No. 3 hitter Carlos Gonzalez was intentionally walked in front of him, to lead Colorado in a rout.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Angels 11, Tigers 6

In Detroit, Albert Pujols hit his 497th home run and Howie Kendrick added two of his own to lead Los Angeles over the Tigers.

Rays 11, Yankees 5

In St. Petersburg, Florida, James Loney drove in four runs and Tampa Bay overcame a four-run deficit to beat New York, stopping a four-game skid.

Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda, had a no-decision. He pitched 5⅔ innings, allowing seven hits on three runs. He walked two and struck out two. Teammate Ichiro Suzuki was 1-for-4 at the plate.

Orioles 8, Red Sox 4

In Boston, Jonathan Schoop went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs as Baltimore roughed up Boston starter John Lackey.

Rangers 12, White Sox 0

In Arlington, Texas, Martin Perez pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Leonys Martin drove in four runs and Texas routed Chicago.

Royals 5, Twins 0

In Kansas City, Jason Vargas pitched seven sharp innings, Mike Moustakas cracked a two-run homer for the Royals.

Blue Jays 3, Indians 2

In Cleveland, Melky Cabrera had four hits and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Edwin Encarnacion’s single, and Toronto held on to beat Cleveland.

For the Blue Jays, Munenori Kawasaki was 1-for- 3 with an RBI.

Athletics 11, Astros 3

In Oakland, Alberto Callaspo hit a three-run homer and the A’s scored seven times in the first inning.