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Fernandez struggles as Marlins beat Cardinals 6-5

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm •  Published: March 25, 2014

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Jose Fernandez struggled in his last tuneup for opening day as the Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 Tuesday.

The reigning NL Rookie of the Year gave up five runs in nine hits in 4 2-3 innings, struck out three and walked two. His next outing will be in Monday's opener at home against Colorado.

"It's not like I can put the ball where I want to every time," Fernandez said. "We'll see what happens in six days and go from there."

Marlins manager Mike Redmond wasn't overly concerned.

"You can tell he was having to really grind it out out there and wasn't quite as sharp with his pitches," Redmond said. "He tried to limit the damage. Overall, he got his pitches in and can move on."

Cardinals starter Lance Lynn struck out eight and walked one in five innings, giving up three runs and five hits.

Juan Diaz hit his first spring-training homer and drove in two runs for the Marlins, who rallied from a 5-3, seventh-inning deficit. Casey McGehee hit his second exhibition homer for Miami, which is 5-0 against the Cardinals this spring training.

There was a 46-minute rain delay after the top of the sixth.


Cardinals: Lynn threw 59 strikes among 91 pitches. He started in three of the Cardinals losses against Miami this spring training.

Marlins: Fernandez threw 58 strikes among 98 pitches. he had a 3.54 ERA in spring training over 20 1-3 innings.


Marlins: Outfielder Reed Johnson, at spring training on a minor league contract, was told he is being added to the major league roster. Under baseball's labor contract, he had to be notified by noon on Tuesday he will be added, be given a $100,000 retention payment or be released.

Right-handers Arquimedes Caminero and Carter Capps were optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. Right-hander Chaz Roe was reassigned to minor league camp.

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