Stanton lines 57th HR, sets club RBI mark

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The Marlins’ series with Arizona showcases two of the leading candidates for National League MVP honors. Paul Goldschmidt of the D-backs belted a three-run homer in the third inning Saturday off Dillon Peters.

Stanton responded with a no-doubt laser, which Statcast™ projected at 419 feet with an exit speed of 116.7 mph. The launch angle was 18 degrees, making it an impressive low liner that kept traveling.

Stanton also hit a two-run double in the third inning as the 27-year-old set the Marlins’ single-season record for RBIs with 124.

Stanton's milestone double

He had entered the night tied with Preston Wilson (2000) for the club mark with 121.

Stanton’s 57 homers are the most in the Majors since Ryan Howard of the Phillies had 58 in 2006.

Each home run is moving Stanton into more exclusive company — 57 in a season has been reached just 16 times.

The last two players to finish the season with 57 are Luis Gonzalez (2001) and Alex Rodriguez (2002).

Since the All-Star break, Stanton has 31 homers in 65 games, and he is gaining steam toward becoming the first Marlins player to be named NL MVP.

Stanton now has seven home runs in 22 career games at Chase Field.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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