Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was perfect through 5.2 innings in a 5-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Fernandez was cruising and looked like he could make history in the desert. That was until Arizona outfielder Michael Bourn hit a two-out home run in the sixth innings. From there, the Diamondbacks would post four runs in the frame and never looked back.
It appeared that Fernandez had the perfect game on his mind, as he lost his dominant form following the end of the bid. The right-hander's eight-game win streak came to an end as he was charged with the loss. It was only the third loss of the year for the ace.
Fernandez ended up with a line of four runs allowed on five hits in six innings pitched. The right-hander struck out eight and and walked none. This effort padded Fernandez's strikeouts per nine innings ratio which already paces Major League Baseball.
Before the perfect game bid ended, the Marlins had a 2-0 lead. J.T. Realmuto helped that with his third home run of the season. Marcell Ozuna would add his 12th home run of the year in the eighth inning during a comeback attempt.
A problem that has been evident all year for Miami was once again noticeable in the loss. The Marlins were 0-11 with runners in scoring position and left ten men on base.
Miami will wrap up the series in Arizona on Sunday when it gives the ball to Adam Conley.