Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton extends MLB lead with 54th HR

ATLANTA (AP) -- Giancarlo Stanton has hit his major league-leading 54th home run of the season to give the Miami Marlins an early lead over the Atlanta Braves.

After being given a day off on Friday, Stanton hit the homer off rookie left-hander Max Fried in the first inning on Saturday night. The ball would have traveled 456 feet unimpeded, according to MLB Statcast, and landed deep into the left-center seats.

. @Giancarlo818 crushes a Max Fried pitch for HR No. 54 on the year. Watch the @Marlins take on the Brave on FOX Sports Florida! #LetsGoFish pic.twitter.com/vsMPr8Cphq

— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) September 9, 2017

Stanton has six homers against the Braves this season. His 54 homers are 15 more than Yankees rookie Aaron Judge and Oakland's Khris Davis, who were tied for second.

The previous Marlins record was 42 homers by Gary Sheffield in 1996.