Fernandez sparkles against Braves


Jose Fernandez got booed for not running out a grounder, and felt a tiny twinge of disappointment about not getting a chance to finish off what could have been his first complete game.

Everything else for the Miami Marlins’ young ace went perfectly once again Tuesday night.

Fernandez allowed two hits in eight stellar innings, Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer and the Marlins opened a homestand by beating the Atlanta Braves 9-0 on Tuesday night.

“Jose did a great job,” Miami manager Mike Redmond said. “We needed him to go out there and log some big innings, and that’s back-to-back great starts against a great offensive team.”

Jarrod Saltalamacchia also homered for the Marlins, who had their third-highest run output of the season in a game that took just 2 hours, 7 minutes.

Miami second baseman Ed Lucas had three hits in his season debut after recovering from a broken left hand, and Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run single for the Marlins.

Fernandez (4-1) was dominant against the NL East leaders for the second time in a week, lowering his ERA to 1.59. He struck out eight and walked two, and hasn’t allowed an earned run in 23 innings over his last three starts.

The right-hander’s numbers are eye-popping going back to early in his rookie season. Fernandez is 14-4 with a 1.52 ERA in 24 starts since June 1, with 190 strikeouts against 45 walks in 160 innings.

Braves starter Alex Wood (2-4) allowed seven runs and 10 hits, leaving after facing four batters without getting an out in the sixth.

Brewers 5, Cardinals 4 (11)

In St. Louis, Lyle Overbay singled in Khris Davis with the tiebreaking run and Milwaukee beat the Cardinals in extra innings for the second straight night.

Mets 6, Phillies 1

In Philadelphia, Jonathon Niese pitched seven steady innings on a rainy night and Daniel Murphy had three hits to lead New York over the Phillies.

Reds 3, Cubs 2

In Cincinnati, Billy Hamilton hit his first career homer and Chris Heisey singled home the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning, sending the Reds past Chicago in a game delayed three times because of rain.

Giants 6, Padres 0

In San Francisco, Yusmeiro Petit dazzled in place of injured ace Matt Cain, pitching six innings to lead the Giants past the Padres.

Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 4

In Phoenix, Drew Stubbs hit his first home run of the season, off closer Addison Reed in the ninth to lift Colorado over Arizona.


Athletics 9, Rangers 3

In Arlington, Texas, Derek Norris drove in three runs with a pair of doubles, Scott Kazmir outpitched Martin Perez and Oakland beat the Rangers.

Mariners 6, Yankees 3

In New York, Robinson Cano drove in a run and scored another in a most unwelcome return to Yankee Stadium, helping Seattle beat the Yankees for its fourth win in five games.

Amid lusty boos from a modest crowd on a rainy, 8-degree night, Cano began his first game in the Bronx since joining Seattle this winter for $240 million with a wink — at Yankees starter CC Sabathia (3-3).

New York’s Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Red Sox 7, Rays 4

In Boston, Shane Victorino had four hits and his first two RBIs of the season, John Lackey pitched eight strong innings and the hosts beat Tampa Bay.

Red Sox closer Koji Uehara struck out Ben Zobrist, the only batter he faced, to end the game and pick up his sixth save.

Tigers 4, White Sox 3

In Chicago, Bryan Holaday bunted home Austin Jackson with two out in the ninth to lift Detroit over the White Sox.

Royals 10, Blue Jays 7

In Kansas City, Salvador Perez homered and drove in four runs, helping the Royals rally past Toronto.

Kansas City leadoff hitter Norichika Aoki went 2-for-4, including a double, with a run scored and a walk.

Angels 6, Indians 4

In Anaheim, Howie Kendrick had a two-run single in his first game in the leadoff spot this season and Chris Iannetta hit a pair of RBI singles.


Nationals 4, Astros 3

In Houston, Adam LaRoche hit a tying double in the eighth and a go-ahead single in the ninth for Washington.

Pirates at Orioles — ppd.

Dodgers at Twins — ppd.S