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Stanton tied for NL home run lead

    NEW YORK -- Mike Stanton's opposite-field blast into the upper deck at Citi Field last night put him into a tie for the National League home run lead with Albert Pujols and Matt Kemp. The three players have each hit 31 home runs, and the race figures to go down to the wire.

     Looming just behind the leaders are Dan Uggla and Lance Berkman with 30 home runs each, and Prince Fielder and Ryan Howard with 29. No Marlin has ever won a home run title. It is also looking like the NL home run king will finish with fewer than 40 for the first time since Fred McGriff topped the league in 1992 with 35 blasts.

     Stanton's home run last night off D.J. Carrasco was the first ever hit into the upper deck in right field at Citi Field by a right-handed hitter. Afterward, Mets manager Terry Collins said he has never seen such raw power like that possessed by Stanton.

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