Heading into Friday night, the Cleveland Indians had won eight consecutive games and were in sole possession of the American League's second wild card spot. Following eight scoreless innings by Marlins starter Jose Fernandez, Miami defeated the Indians 10-0 in the first game of a three game interleague series.
Jose Fernandez shuts down Cleveland lineup
Coming off of a 13 strikeout game in his previous start, rookie Jose Fernandez topped his most recent performance, shutting out a hot Indians lineup over eight innings.
Fernandez appeared to be in control throughout the night, and became the first major league pitcher with 13 or more strikeouts in consecutive starts since Randy Johnson in 2004. His 14 strikeouts on Friday were the most of any National League pitcher this season, and tied for second most strikeouts by a starter in all of baseball.
Aside from a walk to Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez and hits by Nick Swisher, Asdrubal Cabrera and Ryan Raburn, the 21-year old was dominant on the mound. Fernandez lowered his earned run average to 2.54, which is fifth best in the NL.
Fernandez also helped himself by delivering a sacrifice fly in the third inning.
Marlins rally against Ubaldo Jimenez
As a member of the Colorado Rockies in 2010, starter Ubaldo Jimenez finished third in the Cy Young voting. Against the Marlins on Friday night, Jimenez struggled, only making it through four innings.
Over those four innings, Jimenez gave up five runs, only two of which were earned. Cabrera made multiple errors at shortstop which the Marlins were able to capitalize on.
Christian Yelich, Jake Marisnick and Adeiny Hechavarria each had three hits, and first baseman Logan Morrison ended the night with four.
The Marlins as a team were 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position, and after Jimenez's departure, were able to add five additional runs off of Indians reliever Matt Albers in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Miami is currently on a three game winning streak.
Ames makes scoreless appearance
Because of the innings limit the Marlins have in mind for Fernandez, Manager Mike Redmond pulled the rookie after eight innings and over 100 pitches.
Steve Ames, acquired in the Ricky Nolasco trade with the Dodgers, made his second appearance as a Marlin, striking out two in a scoreless top of the ninth inning.