Marlins Monster Mash; Fish smash big home runs in 4th straight win

After team scraps games in Puerto Rico amid Zika fears, Yelich, Stanton mash HR

MIAMI – Giancarlo Stanton hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Miami Marlins to a 6-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.

Stanton's 10th home run of the season was a deep shot to left-center field off Hector Neris (0-1) to give the Marlins their 11th win in their last 12 games.

That has been done only other other time in franchise history when they won 11 of 12 from April 6-19, 2009.Kyle Barraclough (2-0) earned the win by pitching a scoreless inning in relief and David Phelps came on for the ninth for his second save.

The victory comes as the team announced that they will not be playing in Puerto Rico due to several players' Zika virus concerns. Instead, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Marlines will meet May 30-31 at Marlins Park. 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said Zika spreads most often by mosquito bites, but it can also spread through sexual intercourse. The virus can cause a birth defect called microcephaly, where infants are born with unusual small heads. 

The Marlins won seven in a row before losing 14-5 at Milwaukee on May 1 and have won the first four games of their nine-game homestand to improve their record to 16-12.

It is the first time the Marlins are four games over .500 since June 2014.

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