MIAMI (AP) -- Alex Fernandez waited just inside the clubhouse
door for his catcher, Mike Redmond. He gave Redmond a big hug as he
crossed the doorway.
It may have been as much for consolation as it was for
Fernandez allowed one run and five hits in six innings and also
hit a go-ahead, two-run double in a five-run fourth inning as the
Florida Marlins beat the New York Mets 9-1 Saturday night.
But he left the game with tightness in his throwing elbow.
"Everything was OK, but on certain pitches his elbow was
barking a bit," Marlins manager John Boles said.
Fernandez, who had shoulder surgery in 1997 and missed the
entire 1998 season, will have an MRI on Monday to determine the
extent of the injury.
"I've learned through good and bad times that whenever they say
enough, it's enough," said Fernandez, whose elbow has been
bothering him for at least two weeks.
Fernandez (4-3) struck out four and walked three, allowing Derek
Bell's go-ahead homer in the fourth. Braden Looper, Dan Miceli and
Antonio Alfonseca combined for three-hit relief.
"There's no cause for alarm until the MRI results are in," said
Boles, whose club had lost eight of its previous nine games.
Former-Met Preston Wilson hit his second career grand slam in
the eighth inning off Armando Benitez.
Derrek Lee and Alex Gonzalez singled off Bill Pulsipher (0-2) in
the fourth and Fernandez's double put the Marlins ahead 2-1.
Luis Castillo singled, and RBI singles by Mark Kotsay and
Cliff Floyd chased Pulsipher, who allowed five runs and nine hits
in 3 1/3 innings.
"It wasn't like I was walking people or they were knocking it
off the wall," Pulsipher said. "That's what makes it so
Mike Lowell followed with a sacrifice fly off Rich Rodriguez.
"I don't think they killed the ball, but they got hits," Mets
manager Bobby Valentine said.
Fernandez cruised through the first three innings, allowing just
a pair of walks. He got in trouble in the fourth, when Bell homered
and Edgardo Alfonzo and Mike Piazza followed with singles.
But Robin Ventura struck out on a hit-and-run play, and Alfonzo
was thrown out at third by catcher Mike Redmond for a double play.
"Hopefully we'll be able to get on a roll the other way,"
Marlins 2B Luis Castillo stole three bases, giving him five
in two games since he returned from the 15-day disabled list. ...
Mets reliever Turk Wendell returned from a sprained right ankle and
pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. ... Marlins 3B Mike Lowell went
0-for-3, extending his hitless streak to 24 at-bats. ... NL
strikeout leader Preston Wilson of Florida struck out once, giving
him 48 this season. ... The announced crowd of 33,401 was the
largest at Florida since Opening Day.