MIAMI (AP) — The New York Mets are getting to know Miami’s Jose Fernandez very well.
Fernandez pitched seven scoreless innings and had two hits with an RBI to help the Marlins past the New York Mets 8-1 on Saturday.
Fernandez (3-3) allowed just three hits and struck out eight to give the Marlins their fourth winning streak of the season. Miami has won two straight games three times and three in a row once.
It was the third time Fernandez faced the Mets, and the first time he earned a decision. He made his big-league debut in New York on April 7.
“He’s going to be in this league a long time. We’re going to see him a lot of times because you play them 19 times,” Mets manager Terry Collins said of Fernandez.
“I’m going to tell you something, if he throws like he did today, I don’t care if you see him 30 times, he’s going to get you out.”
Collin McHugh (0-1) gave up four runs and six hits in four-plus innings. He walked three and struck out one in his first start of the season.
McHugh walked two batters in the first when New York fell behind 1-0.
“Fastball command is the most important thing and it wasn’t there where I wanted it to be today,” McHugh said.
Fernandez retired his final 11 Mets hitters and struck out the side in the seventh. He also had an RBI single in in the second, and doubled and scored in the seventh.
“He pitched at 96 most of the game and that’s outstanding,” Collins said. “He threw his breaking ball for strikes. He’s got great stuff. We saw it the first start. He’s going to be a real, real good pitcher.”
Fernandez was coming off his shortest outing of the season. He surrendered seven runs — four earned — in 3 1-3 innings at Tampa Bay on May 27.
“He was making his pitches, getting ahead, good out pitches, elevating, and throwing a good slider,” Mets catcher John Buck said.
The Mets were scheduled to have their ace, Matt Harvey, on the mound for Sunday’s series finale against Miami’s Kevin Slowey.
“Matt Harvey, what can you say? He’s been in every game he’s pitched and if we scored him some runs he’d be 9-0,” Collins said.
Omar Quintanilla had two of the Mets’ hits. Pinch hitter Justin Turner delivered a run-scoring double off Dan Jennings in the eighth.
Chris Coghlan had three hits, including two run-scoring singles. Derek Dietrich had a two-run single in a four-run seventh that made it 8-0.
Miami went ahead 2-0 in the second when Fernandez singled to score Jeff Mathis from first base. Mathis walked with two outs, and scored when Fernandez lined a single into deep left-center.
The Marlins scored twice in the fourth to go ahead 4-0. Coghlan and Greg Dobbs opened with singles. Adeiny Hechavarria delivered a sacrifice fly and Mathis tripled in Dobbs.
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