Marlins send Fernandez to hill in Atlanta
(SportsNetwork.com) - Early-season sensation Jose Fernandez tries to bounce back from consecutive subpar outings on Tuesday night when the Miami Marlins visit Turner Field for the second of a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves.
Fernandez was dinged for six runs for the second time in his career in an April 11 loss at Philadelphia, where he gave up career-highs of eight hits and four walks in four innings.
In a follow-up start against Washington on Wednesday, he threw five scoreless innings before giving up a three-run home run in the sixth and ultimately getting a no-decision in Miami's 6-3 loss.
"It's part of the game," Fernandez said. "Obviously not what I wanted to happen, but we learn from it."
The young right-hander was 1-1 with a 2.08 earned run average in two starts against Atlanta as a rookie in 2013.
For the Braves, lefty Alex Wood aims to continue a stretch of starts in which he's allowed two runs or less.
He went eight innings in his most recent start on Thursday against Philadelphia and took a tough-luck 1-0 loss.
Wood has not allowed more than two runs in any of his four outings in 2014.
"You can't ask for anything more out of him," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He did a terrific job."
Wood has faced the Marlins four times and held them scoreless three times, before being shelled for seven runs in 2 1/3 innings of a 7-0 loss last September.
On Monday, Evan Gattis homered in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Braves a 4-2 win.
"It feels different when you hit one and know the game is over," Gattis said.
Dan Uggla led off the bottom of the 10th with a single back up the middle before Gattis came up and ripped a 1-0 fastball from Arquimedes Caminero over the wall in left. Gattis finished 2-for-4 and Andrelton Simmons had two hits with a solo blast and two runs scored for the Braves, who have won eight of 10. Jason Heyward also drove in a run.
Braves starter Julio Teheran was stellar through seven frames, as he fanned eight and surrendered one run on five hits and issued one walk.
Craig Kimbrel struck out three in the ninth but blew the save, however. Anthony Varvaro (1-0) picked up the win despite giving up two hits in the top of the 10th.
Garrett Jones went 2-for-5 with a solo homer for Miami and Derek Dietrich hit an RBI double, which was the Marlins' only other extra-base hit.
Miami starter Tom Koehler hurled 6 1/3 innings, striking out eight and allowing two runs and two walks.
Atlanta was 13-6 against Miami last season.
04/22 10:35:06 ET