Printed on: July 24, 2013

Fernandez stymies Rockies


DENVER -- Rookie Jose Fernandez tossed seven strong innings and Christian Yelich went 3 for 4 with two RBIs in his major league debut, lifting the Miami Marlins to a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Making his first start since appearing in the All-Star game, Fernandez (6-5) baffled the Rockies as he pitched out of several jams and limited one of the league's top-hitting teams to five hits and two runs. He also struck out eight.

Giancarlo Stanton provided some insurance with a solo homer in the eighth and Adeiny Hechavarria had an RBI double for the Marlins, who have taken two straight in the four-game series against Colorado.

Jhoulys Chacin (9-5) was hit in the upper leg by a line drive early, but stayed in the game. He pitched seven solid innings, allowing three runs and eight hits.

Helton hit a solo homer to give the Rockies an early lead and Carlos Gonzalez brought in another run on a groundout.

Despite a 48-53 record, the Rockies remain in the thick of the NL West and the success of this 10-game homestand -- they're 2-3 so far -- may very well determine whether the organization makes any bold moves at the trade deadline later this month.

Around the majors

Mariners 4, Indians 3: At Seattle, Kyle Seager had three hits, Mike Zunino drove in the go ahead run for the second straight night, and the surging Mariners won their eighth straight.

Reds 9, Giants 3: At San Francisco, Devin Mesoraco had a three-run homer among his three hits for his second longball in as many games, Joey Votto and Zack Cozart also connected, and the Reds pounded the Giants for the second straight game in the opener of a doubleheader.

DODGERS 10, BLUE JAYS 9: At Toronto, Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer, Andre Ethier and Jerry Hairston Jr. added solo shots and the streaking Dodgers won their fifth straight and 22nd in 27 games.

Red Sox 6, Rays 2: At Boston, Jon Lester matched his season high with eight strikeouts and overcame homers by Wil Myers and Evan Longoria as the Red Sox remained in first place with a win over the Rays.

YANKEES 5, RANGERS 4: At Arlington, Texas, Eduardo Nunez hit a tying triple, Brent Lillibridge followed with a go-ahead single and New York rallied against All-Star closer Joe Nathan in the ninth inning.

CARDINALS 4, PHILLIES 1: At St. Louis, Shelby Miller threw six shutout innings and Allen Craig drove in a pair of runs to lead St. Louis to a win.

ROYALS 3, ORIOLES 2: At Kansas City, Mo., Bruce Chen tossed six strong innings, Greg Holland pitched out of a ninth-inning jam and Kansas City held on to end Baltimore's season-best five-game winning streak.

Astros 5, Athletics 4: At Houston, rookie Jonathan Villar scored the winning run from second base in the ninth inning when catcher Derek Norris had a passed ball and made a bad throw on the same play to give the Astros a win.

PIRATES 5, NATIONALS 1: At Washington, Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings to end a personal three-game losing streak and added an RBI single to lead Pittsburgh.

METS 4, BRAVES 1: At New York, Carlos Torres pitched six impressive innings as a fill-in starter and had an RBI single, Ike Davis had a go-ahead double in a three-run sixth and New York beat Atlanta.

PADRES 6, BREWERS 2: At Milwaukee, Nick Hundley and Will Venable each homered, and Tyson Ross won for the first time in over a year as San Diego beat Milwaukee.

TIGERS 6, WHITE SOX 2: At Chicago, Rick Porcello pitched four-hit ball over seven scoreless innings, Jhonny Peralta homered and Detroit took advantage of four errors in a victory over Chicago.