Freddie Freeman homered to help Atlanta put Marlins ace Jose Fernandez through one of the worst starts of his career, and the Braves beat Miami 9-1 on Saturday.
Fernandez (10-4) drove in the decisive runs as a pinch-hitter in Miami’s 7-5 12-inning win over Atlanta on Friday night, but then allowed a career-high nine runs, six earned, on eight hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings on Saturday.
The six earned runs matched Fernandez’s career high and equaled the six he allowed in five starts in June, when he had a 1.67 ERA.
Lucas Harrell allowed only one run in his first start in the majors in two years. Freeman had three hits and Jace Peterson also homered.
Peterson doubled and scored in the first inning and hit a three-run homer in Atlanta’s seven-run sixth that knocked Fernandez out of the game.
Harrell (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett for the start, allowed one run on three hits with one walk in six innings.
The Marlins, who began the day third in the NL wild-card standings, fell to 3-8 against the last-place Braves.
The four-game series will conclude on Sunday at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in a salute-the-troops game at the military installation.
Peterson doubled to left field in the first, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Freeman’s 14th homer, a high shot caught by a fan on the front row of the center-field seats.
Ichiro Suzuki’s triple to center field in the third inning drove in Derek Dietrich, who had a leadoff single. Suzuki has 2,989 hits in the majors — 11 from reaching 3,000.
Harrell, 31, made his first start since April 15, 2014 with Houston against Kansas City. He made his major league debut with the White Sox in 2010.
Braves rookie left-hander Dario Alvarez gave up singles to Chris Johnson and Jeff Mathis in the ninth before hitting Dietrich with a pitch to load the bases. Alvarez struck out pinch-hitter Giancarlo Stanton and Suzuki to end the game.
Peterson’s first-inning double gave him a career-best 13-game hitting streak. He is the only Braves player to have a streak as long as 10 games this season.
Marlins: 1B Justin Bour left the game in the sixth inning with a right ankle sprain. He was limping slightly after fielding Chase d’Arnaud’s grounder and barely beating d’Arnaud to the bag — a call that stood following a review.
He remained in the game for two batters before walking slowly off the field. Chris Johnson took over at first base. The Marlins provided no immediate update on the severity of the injury.
Braves: OF Ender Inciarte was held out with what he says is a minor right groin strain. He left Friday night’s game in the sixth inning with the injury. He said Saturday he hopes to play on Sunday.
Marlins: LHP Adam Conley (4-5, 3.90 ERA) will look for his second win of the season against the Braves on Sunday at Fort Bragg. He threw eight scoreless innings in a 3-0 win on June 22 in Miami.
Braves: RHP Matt Wisler (3-7, 4.14) has a 7.11 ERA in two career games, including one start, against the Marlins.