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Stanton hits No. 44, homers in 6th straight

Outfielder is two games shy of tying MLB record for consecutive games with HR
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MIAMI -- With the franchise record now under his belt, Giancarlo Stanton is taking aim at another MLB mark -- most consecutive games with a home run -- as the slugger homered for the sixth straight game on Tuesday in Miami's 9-4 loss to the Giants at Marlins Park. 

The Major League record for the most consecutive games in which a home run has been hit by a player is eight (held by Ken Griffey Jr., Dale Long and current Marlins manager Don Mattingly).

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MIAMI -- With the franchise record now under his belt, Giancarlo Stanton is taking aim at another MLB mark -- most consecutive games with a home run -- as the slugger homered for the sixth straight game on Tuesday in Miami's 9-4 loss to the Giants at Marlins Park. 

The Major League record for the most consecutive games in which a home run has been hit by a player is eight (held by Ken Griffey Jr., Dale Long and current Marlins manager Don Mattingly).

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"These kinds of streaks are fun," Mattingly said. "His has been prolonged. Mine was a little 'eight-dayer'. It's just one of those things, you're feeling good up there.

"I'd like to see him beat it, really, because that means the first two games in New York he homers, and he homers tomorrow. ... We're trying to win games, and the last thing I'm going to do is root against him hitting homers. I'm all for it."

Video: Must C Classic: Stanton clubs his 44th homer of 2017

At 57-61, the Marlins are pushing to reach the .500 mark, and perhaps get into the National League Wild Card race. After closing out the series with the Giants on Wednesday, Miami opens a three-game series starting on Friday vs. the Mets at Citi Field.

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Stanton connected in the third inning off 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner

"That's always fun," Bumgarner said of the showdown. "I look forward to those. I might not go about those at-bats in the smartest way, but they certainly are fun though. He's locked in for sure."

Stanton's MLB-high 44th of the season was projected by Statcast™ at 432 feet with an exit velocity of 107.1 mph. The last player to hit homers in six straight games was Colorado's Nolan Arenado from Sept. 1-5, 2015.

Video: Check out all 44 of Stanton's homers in 2017

Each day is another adventure for Stanton, who pushed past Gary Sheffield's previous Marlins mark of 42 homers in a season on Monday.

Stanton is making a historic run, as he now has 11 homers in his past 12 games, and 23 in his past 35 games.

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"Hitting homers is fun," Mattingly said. "But I think what he's doing has been just incredible. Obviously, very dangerous right now. He just seems to be on a roll."

The only other MLB player this year to connect in as many as five straight games is Eric Thames of the Brewers, who did it from April 13-17.

With 11 homers in August, Stanton already has established a Marlins record for the month. He held the old mark, with 10 in 2012.

Video: Red-hot Stanton slugs 11th home run in last 12 games

Stanton also has 18 home runs in the second half, which ties his own Marlins record, set in 2012.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Stanton is one of four players with as many as 11 home runs in the first 15 days of a calendar month. He joins Troy Tulowitzki (September 2010), Sammy Sosa (June 1998) and Ralph Kiner (September 1949).

In Stanton's first at-bat on Tuesday, he ripped a single to left field. Statcast™ measured the smash at 109.5 mph, which made it the hardest hit Bumgarner has allowed this year.

"I have nothing but respect for [Bumgarner] and the way he goes about what he does, and it's a fun, fun day at the ballpark because he's going to give his absolute best," said Marlins catcher A.J. Ellis, who also homered on Tuesday. "You've got to rise to that level to try to beat him. So, for 'G' to put a swing like that on a pretty good backdoor cutter, it was a great mano-a-mano moment."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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