Final Score: Miami 10, Colorado 1
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Reigning National League Rookie of the Year
Jose Fernandez was strong in his season debut as the Miami Marlins routed the
Colorado Rockies, 10-1, on Opening Day for both clubs.
Fernandez (1-0) surrendered only one run off five hits with no walks across
six solid innings. His nine strikeouts tied the franchise's Opening Day record
that was set by Josh Beckett in 2004.
"I didn't know how I was going to react to opening day," Fernandez said. "But
it came out great."
Casey McGehee's two doubles brought home four runners, while Marcell Ozuna
stroked a solo home run scored three times in the win. Adeiny Hechavarria and
Ozuna both went 3-for-4 for the Marlins, who are 5-1 in their last six season
openers at home.
Carlos Gonzalez's homer accounted for Colorado's lone run. Jorge De La Rosa
(0-1) gave up five runs on four hits while fanning six batters across 4 1/3
innings of work in his first career Opening Day start.
"When a guy like that is pitching, you expect that kind of game," Gonzalez
said of Fernandez.
After Ozuna opened the scoring with a solo shot to left in the third, the
Marlins tacked on five runs in the fifth.
Ozuna led off the inning with a line drive double to left. Hechavarria's
single bounced off the mound and up the middle to bring Ozuna home. Fernandez
laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Hechavarria over to second. Christian
Yelich's single put runners on the corners and De La Rosa hit Jeff Baker with
a pitch to load the bases.
Wilton Lopez came in to replace De La Rosa with the bases loaded and one out.
His first batter, Stanton, hit a short infield single that brought Hechavarria
home. McGehee's line drive double to left emptied the bases to make it a 6-0
The Rockies' lone run came in the sixth when Gonzalez smacked Fernandez's
fastball to center for a solo home.
The Marlins added another run in the sixth to make it 7-1. Ozuna, Hechavarria,
and pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs all singled to load the bases with no outs. After
Yelich struck out and Baker lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to plate
Yelich, Stanton, and McGehee all supplied RBI doubles in the eighth off Chad
Bettis to make it a 10-1 game. Brad Hand pitched the final two innings for the
Marlins, giving up one hit while retiring the Rockies in order in the ninth to
end the game.
The Marlins and Rockies have both have 11-11 records all-time on Opening Day
... This was the first time that the two 1993 expansion teams met in a
season-opening series ... Fernandez is the youngest Opening Day starter in
team history ... Rockies Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki tied Larry Walker for the
2nd-most Opening Day starts in Rockies history with eight. Both players trail
Todd Helton, who started 16 straight at first base.
04/01 01:00:41 ET
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