Originally posted on MarlinsBaseball.com  |  Last updated 5/21/12
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Giancarlo Stanton’s fourth inning grand slam put the Miami Marlins ahead for good as they defeated the Colorado Rockies by a score of 7-4 on Monday.  The win moves the Marlins to four games over .500 for the first time on the year and also puts them alone in third place in the division.    Miami is now 15-5 in May as they continue to pace Major League Baseball for the month.

Mark Buehrle looked like he would have a short outing after allowing four runs in the first inning.   That wasn’t the case however as the veteran went on to pitch into the eighth inning, retiring twelve in a row at one point.    Buehrle was credited with his fourth win of the season while allowing the four runs on five hits in seven and two third innings pitched.     Randy Choate finished off the eighth inning retiring the only batter he faced.  In the ninth, Heath Bell’s recent impressive streak continued with a scoreless inning for his sixth save of the season.

Stanton’s long blast to left field came with the Marlins down two runs at the time off Jamie Moyer.   The ninth home run of the season for Stanton temporarily broke the scoreboard with a visible portion going dark for a few innings.    Austin Kearns had a big day himself getting a spot start as the veteran was 4-4 with two runs batted in and a walk reaching base all five times he came to the plate.    Kearns also stole his first base of the season, taking advantage of a slow Moyer.  Buehrle wasn’t just effective on the mound as he also produced at the plate with a double and a run scored.   The double nearly left the park in right field as the ball hit the foul line on the wall.   Hanley Ramirez tripled, scored three runs and also swiped his seventh base of the season.

On Tuesday, the Marlins will look to make it three wins in a row as Ricky Nolasco is scheduled to take on Juan Nicasio.

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