Stanton hits 40th HR as Marlins beat Rockies 6-3

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MIAMI Giancarlo Stanton hit his Major League-leading 40th home run as the Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 on Friday night.

Derek Dietrich hit a tie-breaking bloop single to spark a three-run eighth inning to help the Marlins take the lead.

Stanton's blast pulled him within two of the Marlins' franchise record of 42 set by Gary Sheffield in 1996. Stanton has hit seven home runs in his last eight games to reach the 40-home run plateau for the first time in his eight-year career.

Junichi Tazawa (2-2) tossed a scoreless eighth to earn the victory and Brad Ziegler pitched the ninth to record his third save in six chances. Jake McGee (0-2) took the loss for the Rockies.

Nolan Arenado hit a two-run home run, his 26th, making him the first player in the majors with 100 RBIs and Gerardo Parra also homered for the Rockies, who have lost three of four after dropping the first of a three-game series in Miami.

Parra, a two-time Gold Glove Award winner, also had two assists from left field throwing out runners in the third and fourth innings.

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