Stanton's two home runs lead Marlins over Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Giancarlo Stanton clubbed two home runs to back a masterful outing by Adam Conley in the Miami Marlins' 4-0 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday night at Globe Life Park.
Stanton is up to a National League-leading 32 home runs after his 25th career multi-homer game. His 11 homers in July lead the majors.
Making his second start since being recalled from the minors, Conley put together his best showing of the year in evening his record at 3-3. The 26-year-old lefty didn't allow a run for the first time in nine games this season, and his seven innings were a high for 2017.
Conley gave up seven hits, struck out five, didn't walk a batter, and threw 65 of his 97 pitches for strikes. He exited with a 4-0 lead.
Kyle Barraclough and AJ Ramos each pitched a scoreless inning to seal the win.
Stanton hit a two-run blast to left in the first inning and an opposite-field solo homer in the eighth.
The Marlins (45-52) won for the sixth time in their past seven road games, and would win the three-game interleague series with a victory Tuesday night. Miami had won three consecutive road sets coming to Texas.
The Rangers (48-51) saw their two-game winning streak end in the opener of a nine-game homestand. Texas also dropped to 10-3 against the NL this season.
Martin Perez dropped to 5-8 despite a quality start, giving up three runs on seven hits in seven innings. It was only the third time in 19 starts that the lefty went at least seven innings.
The lone bright spot for Texas offensively was Adrian Beltre, who recorded four hits to move within seven of 3,000.
Miami went up 3-0 in the sixth on Marcell Ozuna's one-out double to center to score Christian Yelich, who reached on a blooper to short right that Rougned Odor nearly tracked down.
Stanton blasted a monster shot off Perez to give the Marlins a quick 2-0 lead two batters in. Dee Gordon had opened the game by slapping a double down the third base line off Beltre's glove.
The Rangers had their chances against Conley early, stringing a pair of hits together in the first and third innings, only to come up empty.
Delino DeShields was left stranded in the fifth after a two-out triple when Carlos Gomez struck out swinging.
NOTES: Texas recalled C Brett Nicholas from Triple-A Round Rock and placed RHP Tyson Ross on the 10-day disabled list with a blister on his right index finger. Nicholas, 29, made his major league debut with Texas last season, but he has yet to play for the Rangers this season. ... Miami optioned RHP Tom Koehler to Triple-A New Orleans, with LHP Hunter Cervenka recalled from the same club to provide bullpen depth. The Marlins still need to find a starter for Friday against Cincinnati. Cervenka, acquired last year from Atlanta, is in his first stint with Miami this season.