Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez struck out 13 before ending up on the wrong side of a 7-3 final against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
The loss was the first at home in Fernandez's career who entered the contest with a 17-0 mark at Marlins Park. The right-hander had a 1.40 E.R.A to go along with that record in what had been a dominant three-season run.
Fernandez had a perplexing line as he struck out 13 Tigers along the way which was one shy of his career high. However, Fernandez also allowed five runs in 5.2 innings. Two of those runs were scored after Fernandez was lifted and Dustin McGowan faltered. Before being lifted, Fernandez threw a total of 106 pitches with 72 going for strikes.
The big hitter for Detroit in this one was former Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The veteran backstop hit a two-run home run and also had a two-run double. Saltalamacchia who was cut by Miami last year is still being paid by the Marlins. During his run with the Marlins, Saltalamacchia struggled mightily which led to the debut of J.T. Realmuto ahead of schedule.
Down 5-0 for a second straight day, the Marlins attempted to fight back in the sixth inning. Giancarlo Stanton added a third run batted in to his season total via a sacrifice fly. Justin Bour would follow with an RBI hit to make it a 5-2 game. The run was the first brought home by Miami's first baseman this season.
Detroit would add on two more runs in the eighth inning off Chris Narveson who worked one frame in relief. Narveson allowed three hits in that lone inning of work which was his 2016 debut.
Miami compiled a total of ten hits in the loss with Adeiny Hechavarria and Christian Yelich each doubling for the first time this season. Hechavarria would pick up a second two-base hit in the ninth as well.
The Marlins will now hit the road for a series in Washington, D.C. against the Nationals. Adam Conley will make his season debut on Thursday against Tanner Roark.