Clayton Richard

Stanton hits No. 50 to help Marlins beat Padres 6-2

Roused from its apathy for baseball, South Florida let out a long roar Sunday for Giancarlo Stanton, who responded with a wave from the top step of the dugout, affording the crowd a good look at the sport's newest 50-homer man.

Stanton reached the round number with a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning, helping the surprising Miami Marlins sweep the San Diego Padres with a 6-2 victory.

Baseball fever broke out at Marlins Park, where Stanton earned a curtain call for the first time since the place opened in 2012.

"For here, that's about as lively as they've been," he said.

The crowd of 23,725 was typical for the attendance-challenged Marlins, but...