Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Marlins' Fernandez overpowers Mets

MIAMI — When Jose Fernandez threw a slider for his 14th strikeout to escape a seventh-inning jam, he spun, pumped his arms, screamed, pounded his glove, screamed some more and yanked at his jersey.

He had completed a good day's work. Fernandez tied his career high for strikeouts and outpitched Matt Harvey to help the Marlins avert a series sweep by beating the Mets 1-0 Sunday.

Fernandez, a former Alonso High standout, allowed consecutive two-out singles in the seventh. He escaped by striking out Wilmer Flores with his 100th and final pitch and was demonstrative in his celebration as he stomped to the dugout while the crowd of 28,196 roared.

"The fans — that was for them," Fernandez said. "I felt the cheering and the love."

Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto wasn't surprised his ace rose to the occasion.

"The inner animal comes out," Realmuto said.

The Cuban defector has a 1.53 ERA in 33 career starts at Marlins Park.

"That just tells you how good he is," manager Don Mattingly said.

Harvey pitched well for the second outing in a row after a succession of poor starts.

"Going deep into the game and feeling pretty good, it's definitely a positive," Harvey said. "The massive struggles that happened before, the only thing you want to think of is not letting that kind of creep back in."

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