Fernandez befuddles Nationals in 6-1 Washington loss

MIAMI (AP) – Jose Fernandez overcame early wildness and regained his winning touch at home, pitching six innings to help the Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 6-1 Monday.

Fernandez (1-1) threw 54 pitches in the first two innings but didn’t allow a hit until the fifth. He improved to 18-1 at Marlins Park, with the lone loss in his previous home start.

His victory was the first this season for a Marlins starter. Miami won at home for the first time this year in six tries.

Washington’s Bryce Harper went 0 for 2 with a sacrifice fly. He had homered in his previous four games.

Giancarlo Stanton benefited from the new, cozier dimensions at Marlins Park when he homered near the 407-foot sign in center in the fifth. Last year the ball would have been off the wall.

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