Wind gusts provided fly balls with extra lift at Citi Field on Saturday.
Giancarlo Stanton didn’t need Mother Nature’s help.
Stanton launched two of the Marlins’ four home runs in a 9-5 victory over the New York Mets.
One was a line shot to center that traveled an estimated 422 feet. The other was a 466-foot, tape-measure belt to left-center field, making it the longest home run in Citi Field history, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
Stanton’s big jolt in the ninth off Alex Torres bested the previous longest homer at the ballpark, which opened in 2009. That old mark of 465 feet belonged to — who else? — Stanton.
“Rack those up, but the good thing is they helped with the win,” Stanton said of his two blasts.
Stanton wasn’t the only Marlin to come through Saturday.
Every member of the lineup contributed in some way.
J.T. Realmuto and Jeff Baker also homered, Martin Prado led the way with three hits, Christian Yelich came through with a big two-out hit in the seventh that broke a tie score, and the Marlins totaled eight extra-base hits — three more than in any other game this season.
“The hitters had their hitting shoes on,” manager Dan Jennings said. “Everybody contributed in a big way. That’s how you build a team. I tip my hat to what they were able to do.”
On a day that began ominously for the Marlins when starting pitcher Tom Koehler was in survival mode — literally and figuratively — they came up with a win that put them in position to go for a series sweep on Sunday.
Koehler made it out of a shaky first inning when he gave up only one run after the Mets loaded the bases with no outs. But it was in the second inning when Koehler was involved in a frightening moment.
Juan Lagares’ line drive struck Koehler in the right shoulder as he tried to duck out of the way, then caromed up and hit the back of his head. The impact jarred the cap off his head.
“He was lucky, because over a little bit it could have been ugly,” Jennings said. “He’s a tough kid. There was no way he was coming out.”
Said Koehler: “It was frightening. But I was able to stay in there.”
Koehler remained on the mound. And the Marlins gave him a 5-1 lead in the fourth after Realmuto hit a two-run homer off Mets starter Jonathon Niese.
But Koehler fell part in the fourth as the Mets scored four runs to tie it, and Jennings had to go to his bullpen early.
“I don’t know if it was getting hit in the head or the way I pitched that gave me the headache,” said Koehler, who was able to joke about it afterward.
It remained tied until the seventh, when Yelich drove in two runs with a two-out single off Hansel Robles. And in the ninth, Stanton and Baker each went deep for the first back-to-back homers of the season for the Marlins.
But it was the bullpen that deserved accolades, with six relievers combining to close out the victory by delivering 52/3 scoreless innings after Koehler was taken out.
“The bullpen was tremendous,” Jennings said.
Vin Mazzaro, Bryan Morris, Mike Dunn, Carter Capps and Sam Dyson got the ball to A.J. Ramos with two outs in the eighth. Ramos registered a four-out save to preserve the win.
Still, Stanton put on the biggest show.
“We’ve all seen ‘G,’” Jennings said. “He’s capable of putting us on his back. Today was a big day for him.”