Giancarlo Stanton didn’t cool off any on Tuesday night.
The Miami Marlins slugger launched home run No. 51 of the season, a solo shot deep into the left-field stands in the top of the first inning off Washington Nationals right-hander Edwin Jackson.
Giancarlo Stanton snaps one-game homer-less streak
The fact only three at-bats separated home run No. 50 from 51 says everything you need to know about how the Marlins slugger has torn through August.
Stanton ties August HR record, but Nats beat Marlins 8-3
Giancarlo Stanton tied a major league record with his 18th home run in August, but Anthony Rendon had four RBI and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 8-3 on Tuesday night.
No signs of slowing down for Stanton
Giancarlo Stanton continues to add to an already amazing month.
It was Stanton’s 18th long ball of August, tying the major league mark for that month set in 1937 by Rudy York of the Detroit Tigers. The Marlins slugger is two home runs shy of tying the MLB record for most in a calendar month. Sammy Sosa holds the mark of 20, which he set in June 1998. Sosa finished with 66 that season.
“That’s pretty cool. Any major league record’s a pretty awesome feat,” Stanton said after going 1-for-3 with a walk in the 8-3 loss. “We didn’t get the win out of it, but to be able to do that’s pretty cool.”
The Marlins round out the month with a game at Washington on Wednesday followed by the series opener versus the Phillies on Thursday.
Stanton’s comfort in Washington also continued. He has four home runs in 21 plate appearances this month at Nationals Park, tied for the most there this month.
Stanton also now has 30 home runs since the start of July. That gives him sole possession of the second-most homers in consecutive calendar months in major league history. Albert Belle hit 30 in August and September of 1995.
On Sunday, Stanton became the first National League player since Prince Fielder in 2007 to hit at least 50 home runs in a season.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.