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SAN FRANCISCO -- Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is no stranger to making history with his soaring homers.

So it wasn't a surprise Friday when Stanton lifted a 79.9 mph changeup from Matt Moore above the towering right-field wall for a two-run blast, helping the Marlins top the Giants, 6-1.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is no stranger to making history with his soaring homers.

So it wasn't a surprise Friday when Stanton lifted a 79.9 mph changeup from Matt Moore above the towering right-field wall for a two-run blast, helping the Marlins top the Giants, 6-1.

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With the long ball, Stanton became the first right-handed hitter to go opposite field over the wall since Hunter Pence in 2015 -- and first by a visitor since Josh Harrison in 2014. According to Statcast™, the homer traveled 374 feet and had a launch angle of 36 degrees, which is tied for fourth highest among Stanton homers since Statcast™ debuted in 2015.

"That's just impressive," said Marlins starter Dan Straily, who threw 8 1/3 innings of one-run ball. "There's a lot of balls that guy hits, even some of them for outs, and you're just like, 'That's the hardest ball I've ever seen hit.' And then he hits the next one. You're like, 'No, that's it.'

"He's a lot of fun to watch on a daily basis."

Stanton -- who will compete in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday at Marlins Park -- now has 24 homers through 84 games. Last year, he had 27 blasts in 119 games.

"I got good barrel on it," Stanton said of the homer. "You don't see -- it's hard to do that, even in BP. [With any ball to right field], you just kind of wait it out to see how it is."

Stanton's long ball, combined with J.T. Realmuto's blast in the fifth inning, gave the Marlins 100 homers on the season, tying the franchise's 2007 total before the All-Star break, third-most behind 2003 (106) and 2008 (135). Stanton had two homers in the Marlins' Wednesday game in St. Louis.

Video: MIA@SF: Realmuto crushes a solo shot to left-center

"It looked like the ball was going pretty good that way tonight," manager Don Mattingly said. "He kind of tomahawked that ball and puts us on the board quick."

Stanton doubled off the right-field wall in the fourth and later joked that it "should have been a homer," too. The ball had enough power but not enough launch to clear the 24-foot barrier.

Added Straily: "I thought he had two home runs on the night after that ball. If it goes through the wall, they might give it to him next time."

Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Marlins on Friday.

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