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Fernandez has 14 Ks, outduels Kershaw

MIAMI — Jose Fernandez tied a career high with 14 strikeouts, overshadowing Clayton Kershaw's return from injury and leading the Marlins to a 4-1 win over the Dodgers on Friday night.

It was the fifth time Fernandez, a former Alonso High standout, has struck out 14, and the third this season.

Kershaw had not started for the Dodgers since June 26 because of a mild disc herniation in his back. He threw 66 pitches, 46 for strikes, while allowing two runs and five hits over three innings.

The Dodgers tried to rally against Fernando Rodney before A.J. Ramos closed it out for his career-best 33rd save.

Fernandez improved to 4-0 all time against the Dodgers and 28-2 at Marlins Park. There have been 12 games in the majors this season when a pitcher has struck out 14 or more, and no one else has more than one of them.

The Marlins' fifth was a most unusual inning, featuring an RBI squeeze bunt by Christian Yelich, Ichiro Suzuki driving in a run by getting hit with a pitch with the bases loaded, and that same pitch knocking plate umpire Brian Knight out of the game. The pitch deflected off Suzuki and into Knight's mask and neck area. Crew chief Bill Miller moved to the plate from second, and the game finished with three umpires.

PORCELLO WINS NO. 20: Rick Porcello pitched seven innings to become the first 20-game winner in the majors, Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run homer and the visiting Red Sox increased their AL East lead to two games by routing the Blue Jays 13-3 in the opener of a pivotal three-game series between the division's top two teams. Porcello (20-3) became Boston's first 20-game winner since Josh Beckett in 2007.

Cubs hit 90 wins: Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer, Jon Lester threw seven scoreless innings, and Hector Rondon and Aroldis Chapman completed the shutout to give the Cubs a 2-0 win over the host Astros. The victory improved the Cubs to an MLB-best 90-50. After winning 97 games last year, they have consecutive 90-win seasons for the first time since doing it in three straight years from 1928-1930.

TIGERS 4, ORIOLES 3: Victor Martinez hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth and host Detroit tied the Orioles for the AL's second wild card.

BRAVES: Top prospect Ozzie Albies was scheduled to have surgery next week for a fractured right elbow. The infielder, 19, was injured fouling off a pitch in Double A.

Number of the day

4.47

The Orioles' team ERA since right-hander Chris Tillman last pitched on Aug. 20. He is set to return Sunday from the DL (right shoulder bursitis).

Fernandez has 14 Ks, outduels Kershaw 09/09/16 [Last modified: Friday, September 9, 2016 11:15pm]
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