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Fernandez blanks Braves

Fernandez blanks Braves

Fernandez blanks Braves

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose F...




    ATLANTA — Jose Fernandez matched his career high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings and combined with Steve Cishek on a three-hitter as the Miami Marlins shut out the Atlanta Braves 1-0 on Tuesday night.
    Fernandez (3-1) outpitched Atlanta's Alex Wood (2-3), who also was dominant. Wood allowed four hits and one run with no walks and a career-high 11 strikeouts in eight innings.
    The Marlins gave Fernandez the only run he would need in the fourth. Giancarlo Stanton hit a one-out double to left field and scored on Casey McGehee's single up the middle.
    Fernandez struck out the side in the fourth and fifth innings. He allowed three hits with no walks.
    Cishek pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
    Jason Heyward led off the first with a single to left field, and the Braves didn't have another hit until Chris Johnson's leadoff single in the eighth. Fernandez then struck out Dan Uggla and Evan Gattis before Andrelton Simmons' infield single moved pinch-runner Tyler Pastornicky to second.
    Pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit grounded out to Fernandez to end the eighth.
    Atlanta's only other baserunner before the eighth came when B.J. Upton reached on McGehee's fielding error at third base in the fourth. Fernandez then struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
    It was the second straight start Fernandez did not allow an earned run. He allowed three unearned runs and received no decision in the Marlins' 6-3 loss to Washington on April 16.
    Fernandez set his career high with 14 strikeouts against Cleveland on Aug. 2, 2013. Wood's previous high was nine strikeouts against Washington on Aug. 16, 2013.
    Wood lowered his ERA from 1.67 to 1.54 in the loss.
    The game lasted 2 hours, 8 minutes.

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