Giancarlo Stanton blistered a pair of two-run homers, and Ender Inciarte matched the power with a two-home run game of his own. But on a night when both clubs combined for five home runs, it was a wild pitch and Tyler Flowers’ two-out single in the ninth that rallied the Braves to a 5-4 win and a two-game split with the Marlins on Wednesday at Marlins Park.
Stanton, who hadn’t gone deep in his first 28 at-bats of the season, belted two home runs off Jaime Garcia, and Inciarte’s second shot in the eighth inning off Junichi Tazawa pulled the Braves even at 4.
In the ninth, Fowlers singled off A.J. Ramos after a wild pitch by the Miami closer allowed Brandon Phillips to advance to second. Phillips scored without a play on Flowers’ decisive single.
The Braves also displayed some power, primarily from Inciarte, who connected on a two-run homer in the third inning off Marlins starter Tom Koehler. Freddie Freeman added a solo shot to open the fourth.
The fourth inning also featured a bizarre 27-minute delay after a power surge dimmed several outfield light strips.
A couple of days ago in New York, Stanton blistered a couple of opposite-field base hits. The slugger joked afterward, “No more homers.” Entering Wednesday night, the three-time All-Star had only one extra-base hit, a double at Washington on Opening Day. Stanton put an abrupt end to his “homer drought” with his pair of two-run shots off Garcia, giving him 19 career multi-homer games. The second one was a thunderous two-run shot into the Clevelander, located behind the wall in left field. A fan jumped into the pool for the blast that put the Marlins in front, 4-3.
Per Statcast™, Stanton’s first home run traveled a projected 397 feet with a 110.1-mph exit velocity. The second blast projected at 396 feet and 116 mph, and it took just 3.7 seconds to leave the park, which is tied with Kansas City’s Salvador Perez as the fifth-fastest hang time on a homer this year.
Inciarte matches might with Stanton: Inciarte may have just 15 career homers, compared to Stanton’s 210. But both of Inciarte’s blasts were just as significant on Wednesday night. It also was his second career multi-homer game, the first coming on Sept. 27, 2015. Atlanta’s leadoff hitter, normally a table setter, had just three homers in 2016.