NY's deGrom wins battle of aces, Miami's Fernandez hit hard
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez delivers the ball during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Mets, Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom showed no lingering effects from the back tightness that forced him to miss Monday's start, out-pitching Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a 6-5 win Thursday.
DeGrom limited the Marlins to one hit in three innings while striking out three.
Fernandez struck out four over two perfect innings to start the game before struggling through the next two frames.
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In the third inning, Travis d'Arnaud laced a double into the right field corner that scored Alejandro De Aza from first. D'Arnaud scored from third when Curtis Granderson ripped a one-hopper off the glove of Marlins first baseman Derek Dietrich and into right field.
An inning later, d'Arnaud lined a bases-loaded single into left field, driving in two more runs and ending Fernandez's afternoon.
Fernandez gave up six earned runs and struck out six in 3 2-3 innings.