by Tom Morgan

In a rare home loss, Miami's Jose Fernandez was touched for five runs in five innings as St. Louis built a 5-0 lead Thursday night. The Cardinals held on for a 5-4 victory.

Fernandez came into the game with a 26-1 lifetime record at home.  He struck out nine as his record dropped to 12-5.

Aledmys Diaz and Matt Holliday homered off Fernandez in the third inning to give St. Louis a 3-0 lead.  Diaz finished with three rbi's.

Martin Prado hit a two-run homer during a 3-run sixth inning.

Ichiro Suzuki hit a pinch hit double to give him 2,998 career hits.

Dee Gordon went 0-for-4 in his first game after serving an 80-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs.

In other state sports news...

  • FSU's Brooks Koepka shot an opening round two-under-68 and is three shots behind leader Jimmy Walker at the PGA Championship.  Walker shot a 5-under-65 and is one shot better than Emiliano Grillo, Ross Fisher and Martin Kaymer. British Open champion Henrik Stenson is two shots back.
  • 4-star wide receiver Jerry Juedy verbally committed to Alabama Thursday night. The Deerfield Beach product picked the Tide over Florida, FSU and Miami.
  • 4-star runningback Devan Barrett will play his college football at Auburn. The Tampa Catholic star chose the Tigers over Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame and Tennessee Thursday night. 
  • The FHSAA has announced that the state football championships will continue to be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando for the next three years.