Fernandez shines as Marlins upend Braves

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Updated: September 11, 2013

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Jose Fernandez went out with a bang in the final
start of his stellar rookie campaign.

The 21-year-old flame thrower allowed just one run on five hits over seven
innings and also cleared the benches after stroking his first-career homer, as
the Miami Marlins downed the Atlanta Braves, 5-2, on Wednesday.

Fernandez (12-6) struck out five and walked three to pick up his seventh win
over his last eighth decisions.

Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-3 with two-run homer and three RBI and Logan
Morrison drove in a run for the Marlins.

Mike Minor (13-7) was tagged for five runs — four earned — on 11 hits over
six innings to absorb the loss.

Evan Gattis smacked a solo homer and Elliot Johnson drove in a run for the
Braves, who saw their magic number for clinching the NL East remain at seven
games.

Things became chippy after Fernandez got Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson
to fly out in the sixth inning. Johnson and Fernandez exchanged words as
Johnson returned to the Braves’ dugout. Fernandez was also seen shouting
toward the Atlanta dugout following the inning.

Fernandez then led off the home half with a towering homer to left field. The
Rookie of the Year candidate stood at home and watched the ball sail over the
fence and as he was rounding third base, it appeared that Fernandez spit on
the bag.

Fernandez and Braves catcher Brian McCann exchanged words at the plate,
causing Chris Johnson to sprint in and the benches to clear. Fernandez was
quickly removed from the field, but returned for the seventh inning.

The Marlins jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Christian Yelich
singled then moved to second on Elliot Johnson’s throwing error. Stanton
followed with an RBI single to right field.

Morrison’s RBI single in the fourth made it 2-0 before Stanton clobbered a
two-run blast to center in the fifth to make it 4-0.

Gattis led off the sixth with a homer, but Fernandez got the run back in the
home half with his leadoff shot.

Elliot Johnson doubled home Andrelton Simmons in the ninth to make it 5-2.

Miami announced earlier this season that Fernandez’s innings total would be
limited to 170-180 frames this season. He finished with 179 2/3.

Since June 1, Fernandez leads the majors in earned run average at 1.50 (20
runs over 120 1/3 innings).

Game Notes

Fernandez is the only pitcher this season with a homer, double and triple …
Gattis leads all rookies with 19 home runs … Stanton has reached at least 20
home runs in each of his four seasons in the majors … Miami had dropped four
straight entering the contest.