Fernandez carries unblemished home mark into start with Padres
(Sports Network) - Reigning National League Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez makes the second start of his second big-league season on Saturday night when the surging Miami Marlins host the San Diego Padres in the middle test of a three-game weekend series at Marlins Park.
Fernandez, 21, won his first decision of 2014 on Monday when he surrendered a solo home run and struck out nine in six innings of a 10-1 rout of the Colorado Rockies.
The right-hander has never lost in Miami - going 10-0 in 16 starts with a 1.21 earned run average - and was 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA in 28 overall starts as a rookie.
In his last home meeting with the Padres, Fernandez earned a 4-0 decision after striking out 10 and allowing just two hits in eight innings of a 4-0 victory on July 1.
San Diego replies with 27-year-old righty Andrew Cashner, who picked up a no- decision in a solid first outing on Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He pitched six innings and allowed just a run on four hits in a game the Padres ultimately won, 3-1.
Cashner registered a 1.35 ERA in two starts against the Marlins in 2013 and has split two career decisions against them while posting a 2.87 ERA in 15 2/3 innings.
In his career as a road pitcher, however, he's 5-10 with a 4.11 ERA in 66 appearances.
Miami won Friday's opener and improved to 4-1 on the young season, as Giancarlo Stanton set the tone with a towering home run and Adeiny Hechavarria had four hits in an 8-2 triumph..
Jarrod Saltalamacchia also went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Casey McGehee drove in a pair in the win.
Stanton's lone hit, a 484-foot blast in the first inning, was the longest homer in the short history of Marlins Park. Hechavarria also scored twice and stole his first base of the season.
Tom Koehler (1-0) held the Padres to two runs on seven hits over six frames, while Brad Hand tossed three no-hit innings in relief to secure his first career save.
San Diego got two hits each from Jedd Gyorko and Yasmani Grandal, but it hit just 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.
Padres starter Eric Stults (0-1) yielded five runs on seven hits in four innings of work.
San Diego was 4-3 against the Marlins last season.
04/05 10:13:26 ET