Boos echoed around Marlins Park as the Cardinals walked Giancarlo Stanton in the fifth inning of a 6-5 Miami win Monday.
The 21,144 fans wanted to see more. St. Louis had seen enough.
An inning earlier, Stanton rested on the warning track dirt after making a diving catch.
“Probably the catch of the year,” pitcher Tom Koehler (8-9) said.
But it might not have been the play of the day after Stanton launched a 470-foot home run in the third inning, his second of the night.
As Stanton lay on the dirt, soaking in another ovation following his diving catch, he raised his arms and legs slightly. You could have believed he was flying. Superman.
“I didn’t think he had a chance at it when the ball went up and it was sort of slicing the other way,” manager Mike Redmond said. “I saw him closing the gap and — oh, man — I was pumped.”
Then Stanton got up, brushed himself off, laughed a little, and saluted the still-hollering fans.
“He was definitely trying to take that game over, not only with his bat but with his glove,” Redmond said.
His teammates showed off their talents in the field, too.
Christian Yelich made a sliding catch. Second baseman Jordany Valdespin made a diving stop for an out. Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria snared a ball driven up the middle in time to run to second and throw to first for a double play.
“That was unbelievable,” Koehler said. “If you watch SportsCenter tonight, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have all 10 [top plays].”
Koehler gave up three runs over five innings, and four relievers helped seal the win despite a two-run ninth-inning rally from the Cardinals.
But the night belonged to Stanton.
His third-inning homer was his seventh of the year that traveled 450 feet. No other player has three this year. You might as well call those bombs Stantons.
That homer gave him a franchise-record 13 multi-home run games. Call those Stantons, too. He now has the second-most multi-homer games before turning 25 among active players.
Stanton also tied Hanley Ramirez for second on Miami’s all-time home run list with 148.
Yelich went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI. He also started the game with a double and scored on Stanton’s first home run of the night, a shot into the right-field bullpen.
“When you let it get deep and hit it the other way, it always feels good,” Stanton said of his first homer. “That’s when I’m dangerous.”
St. Louis responded to Stanton’s third-inning blast by tying the score at 3 on an A.J. Pierzynski single and a two-run homer from former University of Miami standout Jon Jay. They finished the game with 12 hits but struggled to convert those into more runs.
Eight Cardinals runners were stranded in total.
Jhonny Peralta started the eighth inning with a single, but Valdespin snagged a liner to double up Peralta and end the threat.
Things fell slightly off-kilter in the ninth when Steve Cishek walked Peter Bourjos, Garrett Jones failed to pick a double-play throw, and Stanton missed on a diving catch, allowing one run to score.
Another Cardinal came around when Hechavarria was a beat late on his throw to first after ranging to his right.
But Cishek was able to finish the deal, striking out Matt Adams.
“That right there was the definition of a team win,” Koehler said. “A great team win — we needed that.”
The win was Koehler’s first against an NL Central team (1-6).