NEW YORK -- Giancarlo Stanton was not one of the four Miami Marlins selected to the National League All-Star team Tuesday. But the two prodigious home runs he hit to single-handedly lift the Marlins to a 5-2 win over the New York Mets proved he is still a player who can carry his team during a pennant chase.
Stanton, whose two-run homer in the seventh and three-run homer in the eighth accounted for all of the Marlins' runs, matching his career high with five RBIs, will attempt to build off his first two-homer game of the season when the Mets host Miami on Wednesday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series at Citi Field.
"I'm coming back, coming back," Stanton said with a grin after lifting his average to .226. He has 17 homers and 45 RBIs in 72 games.
"It's a long road from here. That's why you don't worry about where you're at on the season stats. Just keep plugging away. Keep trying to win each day and know that by the end of the year, it'll pan out."
A productive Stanton can only help the Marlins make a push for their first playoff berth since 2003. Miami (44-40) is 1 1/2 games behind the Mets (45-38) in the race for the National League's second wild card.
"As rough as it's looked at times, (he) still has a chance to (have) one of those 40 (homer) and 100 (RBI seasons)," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "You feel like he's going to be there. If he gets hot at all, it's going to be a big boost for us."
While the Marlins have a known quantity in the former National League home run champion Stanton, the Mets will be looking for a spark Wednesday from Jose Reyes, who went 0-for-4 Tuesday in his first game back with his original major league club.
Reyes, who was named to four All-Star Games as the Mets' shortstop from 2003 through 2011, made his first career start at third base Tuesday and is expected to play there regularly the remainder of the season. He signed with the Mets June 25, hours after being released by the Colorado Rockies following the completion of his 51-game suspension for a domestic violence incident involving his wife last Halloween.
"This team, we went to the World Series last year," Reyes said. "We've got a good opportunity to go to the playoffs this year. This is the situation I was looking for for a long time."
Reyes will bat leadoff whenever he is in the lineup for the Mets, who will be looking Wednesday to regain the offensive form they enjoyed in outscoring the Cubs and Marlins 40-17 during a five-game winning streak that ended Tuesday.
Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom is scheduled to oppose Marlins left-hander Justin Nicolino. DeGrom is 3-1 with a 2.80 ERA in seven career starts against the Marlins while Nicolino is 0-0 with a 3.97 ERA in two career starts against the Mets.