Fernandez (4-0) allowed an early run in the second inning, but was able to avoid any further damage despite the high baserunner count. The Marlins were able to rally back for four unanswered runs, leading Fernandez to the win.
He lowered his ERA to 2.53 with the strong outing. He hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his five starts since returning from Tommy John surgery.
That's about the only negative that came out of his performance. And even that isn't so bad when one considers he arrived on the mound with just one walk allowed in 19 innings.
He left with three in 26 innings after going seven, surrendering three runs on five hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts.
Fernandez has won three of his four starts since returning from Tommy John surgery and remains unbeaten. He did falter a bit against the Diamondbacks in the fourth inning by yielding RBI hits to Yasmany Tomas and Jake Lamb. He gave up a double to Ender Inciarte that chopped his lead to 5-3 in the seventh, but fanned Chris Owings to end the threat.
His ERA now stands at 2.77. He has 32 strikeouts in 26 innings of work.
A two-run double by Ryan Howard in the sixth innings was the only blemish on Fernandez's night. But that gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead, and they would go on to win 6-3.
Fernandez has not given up more than three runs in each of his first three starts since returning from Tommy John surgery.
Friday will be Fernandez's thid start of the year after returning from Tommy John surgery. He was absolutely dominant in his most recent outing, striking out nine over seven scoreless innings against the Reds on July 9.
He'll be followed by fellow right-handers Tom Koelher and
This was Fernandez's second start since returning from Tommy John surgery, and he looked to be in mid-season form in this one. He didn't allow a runner to reach third base, and was pretty much in complete control from the start, needing just 94 pitches to get through the seventh inning in the 2-0 victory.
"He was very good," Reds manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com. "We've seen him before and know he's good. Today, he didn't make any fatal mistakes by walking people, falling behind or giving up the big hit."
The phenom hurler has not lost in 22 consecutive home starts to begin his career, which is a Major League record, according to Elias Sports.
"I guess he loves Miami, that's all I can say," Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. "It's fun to watch him here. There is a little bit of an aura when he pitches at home. I think the fans feel it as well.
Fernandez (2-0) heads into the All-Star break with a 2.08 ERA over his two outings this year.
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