Marlins Open Final Series of First Half With Win

Jose Fernandez led the Marlins to a 3-1 win over the Reds on Friday at Marlins Park

The Miami Marlins began a series against the Cincinnati Reds with a 3-1 win on Friday at Marlins Park.

Jose Fernandez was dominant in his seven innings on the mound. Miami's ace struck out eight, walked none and allowed no earned runs on six hits. The Reds plated a run against Fernandez, but it came with an assist on an error.

Fernandez heads into the All-Star Game with an 11-4 record and a 2.52 E.R.A. The right-hander is going to San Diego for the Midsummer Classic and could see an inning in the the game.

The Marlins went with Fernando Rodney for the eighth inning and the veteran reliever had his stuff working. Rodney worked a perfect frame to lower his E.R.A to 1.07 on the season. Rodney is also headed to the All-Star Game and could see some action in the last few innings of the game.

A.J. Ramos came in for the ninth inning and picked up his 26th save of the year. Ramos will be in San Diego as well on Tuesday as one of Miami's four All-Stars.

Christian Yelich hit his seventh home run of the season in the win. Yelich now has 44 runs batted in this year and could have easily been an All-Star as well. The left-fielder has a .317 batting average and reached base three times on Friday.

Miami had three doubles in the win with one each coming from Martin Prado (17), Yelich (23) and Giancarlo Stanton (11).

Marcell Ozuna who is also going to the All-Star Game was 0-3, but is still hitting .307 this year.

Adam Conley will make his last start of the first half on Saturday against the Reds.

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