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It was one of the biggest slugfests so far this season, and it happened of all places, in Marlins Park, home to the fewest home runs in 2013.
On Friday night in Miami, with the retractable roof open on an 83-degree night, the Brewers and Marlins combined for a whopping seven home runs -- the most ever in the pitcher-friendly stadium -- in Milwaukee’s 9-5 win. Without Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez, the Brewers still socked three home runs, two from Mark Reynolds and one from Khris Davis (above). The Marlins answered with four of their own: two from NL home run leader Giancarlo Stanton and another pair from Garrett Jones.
According to Stats Inc., it was the first game in the majors with three or more players with multiple home runs since the 2011 season. The most impressive shot? Davis’ 448-foot jaw-dropper onto the outfield terrace, the longest measured home run of the night.
Stanton’s homers measured 440 and 444 feet:
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Sidenote: Stanton's two missiles gave him five round-trippers of 440 feet or more this season, which are more homers of that distance than 27 teams have on the year, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Garrett Jones' second long ball was fairly routine, but his first bash traveled 431 feet:
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It was still short of the most home runs in a game this year — the Pirates and Reds combined for 10 on April 14. None of these moonshots matched the longest homer of the season, either. That mark belongs to the Reds' Todd Frazier, who belted a 485-foot blast earlier this month.
This was an important win for the Brewers, who had been sputtering over the last week. They'd lost four straight earlier in the week but now have won two of their last three and opened up a 2.5 game lead in the NL Central with the Cardinals' 5-3 loss to the Reds. In addition to all the home runs, Carlos Gomez had a four-hit night and then Milwaukee hit for the cycle in the fifth when Jean Segura singled, Gomez doubled, Scooter Gennett tripled and Reynolds homered. The Brewers didn't need Braun on their big night, but they hope to get their injured All-Star back Sunday.
The Marlins, who still have the best home record in baseball with a 19-7 mark, lost despite their season-high four home runs and are now 5-17 against the Brewers since 2011 after the slugfest in South Florida.