Fernandez dominates Phillies in Marlin win


By ROB MAADDI

AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA — Jose Fernandez hopped over the foul line on his way back to the dugout after an easy inning, exerting more energy in that step than in his work on the mound.

Fernandez pitched one-hit ball and struck out nine in seven dominant innings, leading the Miami Marlins over the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 Saturday night for his first win in the majors.

The 20-year-old righty breezed through a tough lineup without flinching, leaving Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria gushing about the rookie’s future afterward.

“It’s amazing to get a win, but it’s more important for the team,” Fernandez said. “They’re a great lineup. I respect their hitters. I try to throw every pitch the best I can.”

Marcell Ozuna hit his first career homer and Chris Valaika connected for the first time in three years to stop Cole Hamels (1-4).

Fernandez (1-2) allowed just a single by Freddy Galvis up the middle in the first. He then retired the next 17 batters.

Fernandez walked Galvis in the seventh, and followed that up by striking out Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Delmon Young.

“He was great out there,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “He commanded the strike zone. Obviously they’re a tough lineup. I’m happy for him to get his first win. He’s a worker. He studies film. He makes adjustments. He wants it.”

Fernandez was lifted after throwing 82 pitches. Mike Dunn worked a perfect eighth and Steve Cishek finished off the one-hitter to get his fourth save in five tries.

Fernandez mixed a deceptive curve with an overpowering fastball, baffling hitters from the start. He got eight of his strikeouts swinging, including seven against Philadelphia’s 3-4-5 hitters.

“It was a case of guy with a lot of talent and he was on,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Fernandez fanned five batters with his curve and four others on fastballs between 95-97 mph. He struck out Howard three times and Utley and Young twice in setting his career high.

“I was just ready to pitch,” Fernandez said. “I look forward to every start like it’s the World Series.”

Hamels was a hard-luck loser again. He allowed two runs and four hits, striking out six in eight innings.

Ozuna led off the second with a drive into the left-center field stands. Filling in for the injured Giancarlo Stanton, Ozuna has a hit in each of his first five games.

“This kid is just exciting,” Redmond said of Ozuna. “He’s fun to watch.” Valaika, a late addition to the starting lineup, connected in the third for his second career homer and first since hitting one for Cincinnati against the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 27, 2010.

Fernandez, one of the few bright spots on the Marlins (9-22), has thrown 13 scoreless innings and allowed just three hits against the Phillies this season. He didn’t get a decision in Miami’s 2-1 win over Philadelphia on April 13.

Hamels, who signed a $144 million, six-year contract last July, isn’t getting ace-like results this year. The Phillies are 1-6 when he pitches and he has a 4.34 ERA. Hamels, however, has five straight quality starts and an ERA of 2.31 in that span. The Phillies have scored just nine runs in those five outings.

Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, the Phillies’ other two high-priced aces, have fared only slightly little better. The Phillies are 5-14 when the $64.5 million trio of Hamels, Halladay or Lee start. They’re 9-3 when Kyle Kendrick, John Lannan and Jonathan Pettibone start.

“I’ve pitched a few years,” Hamels said. “It’s a matter of being comfortable on what you can do. You make adjustments and eventually things will change.”

Hamels escaped a scary moment in the seventh when he snared Miguel Olivio’s hard liner back to the mound. Hamels caught the ball inches in front of his face.

NATIONALS 5

PIRATES 4

PITTSBURGH — Stephen Strasburg struck out eight in seven innings and Washington won a game he started for the first time since opening day.

Tyler Moore hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning off Tony Watson (1-1). Wilson Ramos’ RBI single in the sixth tied the game at 4 after Pittsburgh built a two-run lead.

A day after striking out four times upon being activated from the disabled list, Ryan Zimmerman scored three runs.

Starling Marte and Clint Barmes each hit two-run homers for the Pirates.

Strasburg remained winless since his first start, allowing four runs and five hits.

Tyler Clippard (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth and Rafael Soriano got his 10th save.

CARDINALS 7

BREWERS 6

MILWAUKEE — Jon Jay homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth, and Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso each hit home runs to power St. Louis.

Shane Robinson singled to center off Jim Henderson (2-1) and took second on center fielder Carlos Gomez’s fielding error. Robinson stole third and scored when Jay singled up the middle.

Jay hit a three-run home run in the second, Craig connected for a solo shot in the sixth and Descalso put the Cardinals ahead with a two-run homer in the seventh.

The Brewers trailed by one in the eighth when they got one-out singles that put runners on the corners. Norichika Aoki dropped a perfect bunt as pinch-runner Jeff Bianchi raced home and slid feet first, avoiding catcher Yadier Molina’s tag. Seth Maness (1-0) came on and got the Cardinals out of the jam, getting Jean Segura to hit into a double play.

REDS 6, CUBS 4

CHICAGO — Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco each had a sacrifice fly in a four-run eighth inning, and Cincinnati rallied for the victory over Chicago.

Cincinnati had just one hit in the decisive rally, but took advantage of another woeful outing by reliever Carlos Marmol to secure its first winning road series of the season. The Reds held on for a 6-5 victory in the opener on Friday when Darwin Barney struck out with the bases loaded to end the game.

Alfonso Soriano hit a pair of two-run homers for the Cubs, who have lost four of five. It was Soriano’s 31st career multihomer game.

Shin-Soo Choo homered on the first pitch of the game. Jeff Samardzija went on to pitch six effective innings for Chicago.

James Russell got three outs before Marmol (2-2) came on to begin the eighth with a 4-2 lead. It was Marmol’s 453rd relief appearance with the Cubs, snapping a tie with Lee Smith for the franchise record.

ROCKIES 9

RAYS 3

DENVER — Carlos Gonzalez hit a go-ahead homer in the fifth and rookie Nolan Arenado added a grand slam, lifting Colorado over Tampa Bay in David Price’s first start since his run-in with umpire Tom Hallion.

Jon Garland (3-2) threw five solid innings and surrendered three runs to help the Rockies snap an 11-game home skid in interleague play.

Arenado broke open a tight game when he lined a curveball from Price (1-3) into the left field seats in the seventh. It was his first career grand slam.

Price didn’t have his best stuff, surrendering nine earned runs in 6 2-3 innings.

TIGERS 17

ASTROS 2

HOUSTON — Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs and tied a career high with six RBIs, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Houston Astros 17-2 on Saturday night.

Cabrera went 4 for 4 with a walk. Last year’s Triple Crown winner is hitting .390 this season.

The Tigers have won eight of nine. Houston has lost five in a row.

Max Scherzer (4-0) gave up one run and three hits while striking out eight in eight innings. Lucas Harrell (3-3) gave up eight runs in 4 1-3 innings.

MARINERS 8

BLUE JAYS 1

TORONTO — Dustin Ackley hit his first career grand slam, Michael Saunders homered twice and the Seattle Mariners roughed up reigning NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, beating the struggling Toronto Blue Jays.

Pitching on an extra day of rest as he tried to overcome neck and back soreness, Dickey (2-5) lost his third straight start. He allowed six hits, including a season-high three home runs.

Saunders homered on Dickey’s second pitch. The knuckleballer was booed by the crowd of 35,754 after Raul Ibanez hit a one-out triple in the sixth and scored on Kelly Shoppach’s double.

Hisashi Iwakuma (3-1) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings.

ORIOLES 5

ANGELS 4 (10)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Steve Pearce’s RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning lifted the Baltimore Orioles over the Los Angeles Angels.

Baltimore also got homers from Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy and Nolan Reimold.

Freddy Garcia dazzled in his Orioles’ debut, holding the Angels hitless until Erick Aybar had a leadoff single in the seventh.

Garrett Richards (1-3), making his first relief appearance after five starts in place of the injured Jered Weaver, gave up a leadoff single to Adam Jones. Pearce later singled to right.

Tommy Hunter (1-1) pitched one inning to get the win.

RANGERS 5

RED SOX 1

ARLINGTON, Texas — Craig Gentry had an infield hit that produced two runs and later hit a two-run homer in Texas’ victory over Boston.

The Rangers broke a 1-1 tie and went ahead to stay on the speedy Gentry’s infield hit in the fourth. He added his first homer in the eighth.

Alexi Ogando (3-2) pitched into the seventh inning for his first victory in five starts and the AL West-leading Rangers (19-11) clinched the series against the Red Sox (20-10), who still have the best record in the majors even after losing the first two games.

Ian Kinsler hit the first pitch thrown by John Lackey (1-2) into the left-field seats for his sixth homer this season, and 28th career leadoff shot.

INDIANS 7

TWINS 3

CLEVELAND — Scott Kazmir earned his first victory in three seasons, Nick Swisher homered in his first at-bat since missing three games with a sore shoulder and the Cleveland Indians beat Minnesota for their sixth straight victory.

Kazmir (1-1), a two-time AL All-Star who pitched in an independent league last season, allowed two runs in six innings. It was his first win since beating Tampa Bay on Sept. 19, 2010, while with the Angels.

The left-hander, who allowed eight earned runs in 8 1-3 innings in his first two starts, struck out seven.

Swisher, who hadn’t played since Monday, homered off Kevin Correia (3-2) in the first.

YANKEES 4

ATHLETICS 2

NEW YORK — Phil Hughes pitched eight shutout innings of four-hit ball for his first win of the season, and the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics.

Chris Stewart and Lyle Overbay homered against Bartolo Colon (3-1), sending the A’s to their only loss in the right-hander’s six starts this year. Hughes (1-2) struck out nine and outpitched his former New York teammate for his first victory since Sept. 20 against Toronto.

Oakland has dropped 10 of 15.

ROYALS 2

WHITE SOX 0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jeremy Guthrie ran his unbeaten streak to a club-record 17 consecutive starts with a four-hitter in the Kansas City Royals’ win over the Chicago White Sox.

Guthrie is 9-0 in the 17 starts, which started Aug. 8, 2012, against the White Sox. Paul Splittorff held the Royals’ record with 16 straight undefeated starts in 1977-78.

It was first shutout and fifth complete game for Guthrie (4-0).

Dylan Axelrod (0-1) gave up a two-run triple to Lorenzo Cain in the first inning.

 

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