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.