Jose Fernandez was 10 outs from perfection, at which point he suddenly turned into a pumpkin.
Fernandez, who had retired the first 17 batters on Saturday night, suddenly imploded in a seismic sixth inning against Arizona.
Michael Bourn, who had not homered in nearly two years, broke up his no-hit bid with a two-out solo shot in the sixth, and Fernandez gave up hits to the next four Arizona hitters as the Diamondbacks rallied for a 5-3 victory.
“That’s the funny thing about baseball, that anybody at any point can do damage,” Fernandez said. “That’s the beauty of [baseball]. You’ve got to stay on your toes all the time.”
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It was Fernandez’s first loss since April 23, ending an eight-game win streak.
“He was cruising,” manager Don Mattingly said. “It just kind of came apart there. Usually, with Jose, nothing really bothers him. He just continues on. But it just kind of got away from him there.”
Fernandez had gone 23 consecutive innings without allowing a run before the Diamondbacks erupted for four runs off him in the sixth on Saturday.
the journey to 3,000
With a pinch-hit single on Saturday, Ichiro Suzuki moved one step closer to 3,000 career hits.
Ichiro now has 2,974 hits.
Counting his 1,278 hits in Japan, he is now just four hits from tying Pete Rose’s major-league record of 4,256 hits.
chen at the bat
Wei-Yen Chen is hoping his first big-league hit is awaiting him in the near future.
Chen, who is 0 for 28 in his career at the plate, recently switched from hitting left-handed to swinging from the right side.
“I just started hitting right-handed, so I’m going to need a little time adjusting,” Chen said. “All of my teammates, like Jose [Fernandez] and T.K. [Tom Koehler] all told me they really want to see my first hit, and me too.”
Chen will get an opportunity to end his hitless streak on Monday when he takes the mound in San Diego.
Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando hit home for Marlins pitcher Justin Nicolino, who was born and raised there.
“Sad news,” Nicolino said. “It was just very shocking.”
Nicolino, who went to University High in Orlando, said he heard the news when he woke up Sunday in Phoenix and immediately contacted family members to make sure they were safe.
“I just made sure all my family was OK, just in case they were over there, or anywhere in that area,” Nicolino said. “It’s crazy when you hear that type of stuff. Orlando is a city that never has that type of violence, or that crazy stuff that’s going on. It’s one of those things that you never want to see.”
▪ Monday: Marlins LHP Chen (3-2, 4.56 ERA) at San Diego Padres RHP Colin Rea (3-2, 4.74), 10:10 p.m., Petco Park.
▪ Tuesday: Marlins RHP Koehler (4-6, 4.36) at Padres LHP Drew Pomeranz (5-6, 2.44), 10:10 p.m., Petco Park.