MIAMI — Right-hander Jose Fernandez shut down the Atlanta Braves for the second time in eight days, leading the Miami Marlins to a 9-0 win on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.
Fernandez (4-1) allowed two hits, two walks and no runs in eight innings, striking out eight. He now has a career record 16-7 in his second MLB season, including 12-0 at home.
He did more than just pitch, however. He also hit a run-scoring single and he threw out a runner at the plate.
In two games over those eight days, Fernandez held Atlanta scoreless for 16 innings, striking out 22.
The Marlins (12-14) improved to 10-4 at home. In fact, they entered the game in a six-way tie for most home wins so far this season. However, the Marlins are 2-10 on the road.
Atlanta (17-8) had its four-game win streak snapped, losing for the first time since Fernandez beat them 1-0 last Tuesday.
Braves starter Alex Wood (2-4) was beaten by Fernandez and the Marlins for the second time in eight days, too. Last week, Wood struck out 11 and walked none while allowing just one run in eight innings.
On Tuesday, he allowed seven runs in five innings, striking out two and walking one.
Wood’s ERA went from 1.54 to 2.93, and the Braves’ pitching staff, which entered the game with an MLB-leading 2.04 ERA, was humbled, at least for one night.
Miami opened the scoring with a three-run third inning. Left fielder Christian Yelich started the rally with a two-out triple off the base of the wall in center. He scored on a line single to left by Ed Lucas. The Marlins made it 3-0 when Giancarlo Stanton went with an outside pitch and hit a two-run homer to right.
Atlanta’s best early scoring chance came in the top of the third, when Tyler Pastornicky walked and Jason Heyward doubled to right, putting runners at second and third with two outs.
Ramiro Pena then hit a dribbler down the third base line that Fernandez pounced on, flipping the ball to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to get Pastornicky at the plate.
Miami pushed their lead to 8-0 in the sixth. Casey McGehee walked, Saltalamacchia doubled, and Marcell Ozuna stroked a two-run single. Adeiny Hechavarria hit a run-scoring double, Fernandez added an RBI single, and Yelich pushed another run home with a groundout.
NOTES: Braves LHP Mike Minor (shoulder tendinitis) will make his first start of the season Friday. RHP David Hale will move to the bullpen despite a 2.31 ERA in four starts. …Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (shoulder strain) will come off the disabled list and start Saturday. RHP Kevin Slowey will move to the bullpen. … Miami designated PH Greg Dobbs for assignment. They have 10 days to trade him, release him or send him to the minors. … Miami activated INF Ed Lucas (broken left hand) for the first time this season and started him at second base. … The Braves gave four right-handed-hitting starters the night off against Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez. Benched were 2B Dan Uggla for Tyler Pastornicky; 3B Chris Johnson for Ramiro Pena; CF B.J. Upton for Jordan Schafer; and LF Justin Upton for Ryan Doumit. Pena and Doumit are switch hitters, Schafer is lefty, and Pastornicky is a righty.