MIAMI — With one swing, Giancarlo Stanton knocked out lights on the scoreboard, spoiled Jamie Moyer’s first look at Marlins Park and put Miami on top to stay.
Stanton hit a grand slam off Moyer to cap a five-run fourth inning, Mark Buehrle was dominant after a shaky first and the Marlins stayed hot by beating the Colorado Rockies, 7-4, on Monday night.
“Maybe the farthest. I don’t know about the hardest,” Stanton said when asked how his 438-foot shot compared to the other eight homers he’s hit this season. “But that was pretty good.”
Austin Kearns tied a career-best with four hits for the Marlins, whose 15-5 record in May leads the majors.
Buehrle (4-4) worked 72/3 innings, giving up four runs and four hits in the first and one more hit the rest of the way.
“When you talk about bulldog, when you talk about gamer, there’s a lot of fake out there,” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said of Buehrle. “There’s a lot of fake bulldogs. This kid’s for real.”
Moyer (2-4) allowed nine hits and six runs in 3 2/3 innings in his debut at Marlins Park, the 50th big-league stadium in which the 49-year-old has appeared during his career.
Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run home run and Michael Cuddyer had a two-run double for the Rockies.
“It’s hard to win when you get 32/3 (innings) from your starter and over 100 pitches,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. “We get four hits and four runs with the first five hitters in the game and we get one hit and two walks from then on.”
Stanton wasn’t even born when Moyer’s career began in 1986. His first game against him was one to remember.