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Stanton ties Sheffield’s home run mark as Marlins sweep Rockies

Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, center, is congratulated by teammates after he hit a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in Miami.
Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, center, is congratulated by teammates after he hit a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in Miami. AP

The home runs keep coming for Giancarlo Stanton.

Along with them, so do the wins for the Marlins.

Stanton on Sunday launched his 42nd homer to equal Gary Sheffield’s single-season team record, and the Marlins held on for a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies to complete a three-game sweep at Marlins Park.

The solo homer in the third inning was the 250th of Stanton’s career.

Stanton has now homered 21 times in the past 33 games, an epic stretch of power that hasn’t occurred in more than 15 years.

While Stanton’s opposite-field blast off Rockies starter German Marquez (9-5) was the attention-grabber, backup infielder Mike Aviles came up with the key hit for the Marlins (56-60) when he broke a 3-3 tie in the fourth with a two-run double.

It was another strong game for the Marlins’ bullpen, which held the Rockies (65-52) scoreless over the final five innings to preserve the victory.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

▪ Marlins starting pitcher Vance Worley drove in the team’s first two runs, but it was a struggle for him on the mound, where he gave up eight hits, walked two and hit two batters in only four-plus innings.

▪ One of those struck by a Worley pitch, Rockies All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado, left the game in the fifth after being hit on his left hand.

▪ Javy Guerra (1-0), who took over for Worley, got his first major-league victory in three years. Guerra entered with runners at second and third and no outs in the fifth but kept the Rockies from scoring.

▪ Odrisamer Despaigne recorded his first big-league save.

▪ Rockies manager Bud Black returned to the dugout on Sunday after missing Saturday’s game with an undisclosed illness. Former Marlins manager and Rockies bench coach Mike Redmond managed Saturday’s game for Colorado.

▪ The Marlins will try to get to three games below .500 for the first time since May 4 on Monday when they open a three-game home series against the Giants.

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