Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez struck out 14 hitters in Monday's 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
The win came courtesy of a Martin Prado home run in the 11th inning. It was Prado's third home run of the season and only the second extra-base hit of the game for Miami.
The 14 strikeouts for Fernandez tied a career-high and was one shy of the franchise record. Fernandez also tallied the 500th strikeout of his career in the win which made him the third fastest ever to the mark. This was only the 65th start of Fernandez's big league career.
With a 2.53 E.R.A, Fernandez is still pacing Miami's pitching staff. In addition to the 14 strikeouts, Fernandez only allowed four hits and two walks in his 6.1 innings of two-run ball. With the no-decision, the right-hander remained 11-4 on the season.
Miami's offense was kept quiet until the ninth by Philadelphia's pitching staff. Aaron Nola who is the brother of Miami prospect Austin Nola, kept the Marlins scoreless. Nola only allowed two hits in six innings and the bullpen had two hitless innings of relief following that.
In the ninth inning, the Marlins finally got on the board and tied the game. With Philadelphia closer Jeanmar Gómez on the mound, Miami put two runs up on the board. Christian Yelich had a run-scoring double while Marcell Ozuna picked up the game-tying single. The two-base hit was the 25th of the season for Yelich.
The Marlins will need to make a roster move prior to Tuesday's game and have not yet announced who will start the game.