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Giancarlo Stanton's walk-off single puts Marlins above .500

MIAMI -- With performances like this, the chants for "MVP" are only going to get louder for Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.

Stanton, down 1-2 in the count, lined a single to shallow right field driving in Jeff Baker sending the Marlins to a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers in the 10th inning on Tuesday at Marlins Park.

His clutch single sends the Marlins (64-63) beyond the .500 mark for the first time since June 20 when they were 37-36. It also surpasses the 2013 season's entire win total.

With one out, Baker reached on an error. Donovan Solano hit a single up the middle giving the Marlins two men on with two outs.

The Rangers brought in reliever Neftali Feliz, who jumped out to a 1-2 lead on Stanton with a fastball and a curveball catching the right fielder off guard.

Stanton, as he's done several times this season, continued to work the at-bat to find a pitch he could drive. Feliz's offering was the right one with Stanton grooving the pitch to shallow right field as Baker scored surrounded by a mob of Marlins at home plate.

Although Stanton finished the night 2-for-4 with two walks, it was a respite for an earlier mishap.

The Marlins held a 3-1 lead going into the seventh only to surrender it allowing the Rangers to tie it at 3-3.

Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor hit a rising double off the right field wall that Stanton misjudged. Stanton tried to recover but slipped allowing the speedy Venezuelan to score, cutting the lead to 3-2. Odor's trek was ruled to be a double and an error charged to Stanton.

Marlins reliever A.J. Ramos worked his way into trouble ultimately walking Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre to load the bases. The Marlins turned to Mike Dunn who went from a 2-1 count to a full count only to lose pinch-hitter Daniel Robertson to a walk and tie the game at 3-3.

The Rangers were close to taking it all in the ninth but Elvis Andrus was caught off a bad lead from third and then a Leonys Martin strikeout ended the frame.

Marlins reliever Sam Dyson recorded a 1-2-3 top of the 10th by striking out the side setting up the stage for Stanton.

It was a busy day for the Marlins star, who took an ice bath as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth but the advantage was short lived as Marcell Ozuna tied it in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run to left field.

Ozuna had another hit, this time a single, in the sixth that allowed the Marlins to take a 3-1 lead off a single from Jarrod Saltalamacchia and a sacrifice fly from Adeiny Hechavarria.

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