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Fernandez homers, pitches Marlins past Braves

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MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez was in no mood to celebrate when his marvelous rookie season ended with a victory Wednesday. Instead, he trudged through a quiet stadium hallway to seek out the Atlanta Braves so he could apologize for his behavior.

Fernandez pitched seven innings and hit his first major-league homer to help the Marlins to a 5-2 win. But he drew a rebuke from his manager for showboating, and engaged in a standoff with the Braves that cleared both benches and bullpens.

"I feel embarrassed," the 21-year-old Fernandez said. "I feel like I don't deserve to be here, because this isn't high school. This is a professional game. I made a mistake. I'm going to learn from it."

The game was the last of the season for the demonstrative Fernandez because he passed his 170-inning limit set by the Marlins. A top candidate for NL Rookie of the Year, he finished 12-6 with an ERA of 2.19, second-lowest in the majors behind only the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw. He went 9-0 in 15 home starts.

But he wasn't happy with the way he finished.

"I had a good year, and it ends up like this," he said sheepishly. "I embarrassed a lot of people. It's just not right for the game. For sure I can promise 120 percent that that will never ever happen again. I won't show anybody up like that."

Leading 4-0, Fernandez became agitated in the sixth inning, when the Braves scored their only run off him on Evan Gattis' home run. Fernandez reacted with a cocky grin, and the Braves let him know they didn't appreciate his expression.

"Somebody hits off him, and he smiles," Braves pitcher Mike Minor said. "It seems like you're not supposed to get a hit off of him."

Fernandez stared at the Atlanta bench muttering as he walked off the mound to end the inning, then waved his arms in agitation in the dugout.

When he homered a short time later, he stood admiring the hit before slowly starting into his trot. He spat as he rounded third base as third baseman Chris Johnson said something to him.

"He stood there for a while, and that's disrespectful to Mike," Johnson said. "That was bad."

As Fernandez crossed the plate, he traded words with catcher Brian McCann. Umpire Sam Holbrook stepped between them, and other players quickly joined the dispute.

Fernandez laughed as he was pulled away by teammates, and the crowd of 25,111 roared. Shoves were swapped but no punches were evident, and no one was ejected.

"I think he realized that he messed up," McCann said. "I think emotions got the best of him."

Fernandez agreed. He sought out McCann and Minor after the game.

"I said, `I'm really sorry, I'm embarrassed and that's something that won't ever happen again,'" Fernandez said. "McCann said, `Hey, man, you're a kid but you're in the big leagues. You need to do what big leaguers do.'"

Marlins manager Mike Redmond said he talked with Fernandez after the game and was certain there would be no more showboating by the youngster.

"Tonight showed some immaturity on Josie's part," Redmond said. "Showing the other team up with a home run, that's not what we're doing here. We're 30-some games under .500. We don't have the right to be flashy or show anybody up."

The crowd had no problem with Fernandez's theatrics. When he slowly walked off the mound for the final time after the seventh, he removed his cap as fans gave him a standing ovation.

He allowed five hits and struck out five. Two relievers pitched the final two innings.

Miami's Giancarlo Stanton hit his 20th homer and drove in three runs off Minor (13-7), who allowed four earned runs in six innings.

Notes

Braves RF Justin Upton was back in the lineup after leaving Tuesday's game when he fouled a ball off his right knee. ... Hanging in the Marlins dugout near the bat rack was a team jersey, and on the back it read, "Never Forget 9/11." ... Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi is likely to be scratched from scheduled start Thursday against Atlanta because of back tightness. Rookie LHP Brian Flynn would take his place.

 
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The Marlins' Jose Fernandez (right) has words with Braves catcher Brian McCann after hitting his first career homer. (USATSI)
The Marlins' Jose Fernandez (right) has words with Braves catcher Brian McCann after hitting his first career homer. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Miami

G. Stanton
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Miami

J. Fernandez
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 3
K 5
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, CF5010013 .261
Justin Upton, RF4000012 .257
Freddie Freeman, 1B4010022 .305
Evan Gattis, LF4111012 .248
Brian McCann, C3000100 .261
Chris Johnson, 3B4000012 .328
Andrelton Simmons, SS3120100 .250
Elliot Johnson, 2B4011004 .201
Mike Minor, P2010010 .182
   b-Dan Uggla, PH1000011 .181
Totals3427238  
a-walked for Minor in the 7th
b-struck out for Varvaro in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jordan Schafer (8, Fernandez), Andrelton Simmons (23, Fernandez), Elliot Johnson (6, Cishek)
3B - Andrelton Simmons (5, Cishek)
HR - Evan Gattis (19, Fernandez)
RBI - Evan Gattis (55), Elliot Johnson (14)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Simmons-Johnson-Freeman
E - Elliot Johnson (5, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Minor (L,13-7) 61154042 3.15
Anthony Varvaro 2200100 2.79
IBB - Stanton by Anthony Varvaro
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Minor 94-67, Anthony Varvaro 29-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Minor 6-7, Anthony Varvaro 3-3
Batters Faced - Mike Minor 28, Anthony Varvaro 9
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS5010013 .228
Placido Polanco, 3B4020001 .251
Christian Yelich, LF4220002 .284
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3123101 .253
Justin Ruggiano, CF4000013 .223
Ed Lucas, 2B4110002 .237
Logan Morrison, 1B4011010 .254
Koyie Hill, C4020011 .233
Jose Fernandez, P3121001 .220
   a-Juan Pierre, PH1000000 .246
Totals36513514  
a-grounded out for Dunn in the 8th
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (11, Minor), Christian Yelich (9, Varvaro), Ed Lucas (9, Minor)
HR - Giancarlo Stanton (20, Minor), Jose Fernandez (1, Minor)
RBI - Giancarlo Stanton 3 (50), Logan Morrison (34), Jose Fernandez (5)
2-OUT RBI - Giancarlo Stanton (12), Jose Fernandez (4)
Team LOB - 8
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jose Fernandez (W,12-6) 7511351 2.19
Mike Dunn 1000010 2.86
Steve Cishek 1211020 2.59
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Fernandez 101-61, Mike Dunn 10-7, Steve Cishek 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Fernandez 7-9, Steve Cishek 1-0
Batters Faced - Jose Fernandez 29, Mike Dunn 3, Steve Cishek 5
Game Information
Attendance - 25111
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West