Without a home run for a month, Mike Stanton ended his slump dramatically.
Stanton homered twice, including a drive high off the hitters' background screen in center field, to help the Miami Marlins defeat the Washington Nationals 8-5 Tuesday.
Stanton's homers, his first since Feb. 26, gave him three in the exhibition season. They were his first since returning from the World Baseball Classic.
''I know the last couple of days, he was feeling for it a little bit,'' Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. ''I know it's spring training, but being able to hit a couple of homers will make you feel good. I was never able to do that, but I'm sure it would feel good.''
Stanton is expected to start the season batting third in Miami's young batting order.
''It's going to be an ongoing process the way they're going to pitch him,'' Redmond said. ''He's just got to be patient and get ready for his pitch, and when he gets it try and do some damage with it. He was able to do that today.''