Fernandez helps Marlins snap Royals' 9-game winning streak
MIAMI (AP) Jose Fernandez pitched seven innings and appeared to avoid a serious injury when he tweaked his right leg on his final pitch Wednesday night, helping the Miami Marlins beat Kansas City 3-0 to snap the Royals' nine-game winning streak.
Fernandez (13-7) pulled up after striking out Christian Colon to end the seventh, and rubbed his right knee before limping to the dugout.
The Marlins pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the seventh, and no injury was announced. Fernandez was laughing with teammates in the dugout in the ninth inning and joined in the postgame celebration on the field.
His nine strikeouts increased his season total to 213, breaking the Marlins record of 209 set by Ryan Dempster in 2000. Fernandez ended a career-worst three-game losing streak.
He also had the Marlins' first two hits, hiking his average to .286, and improved to 27-2 at Marlins Park.
Fernando Rodney pitched around two singles and walk for his 25th save and eighth with Miami.
Dillon Gee (5-7) took the loss.