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Miami's Fernandez spoils Kershaw's return

MIAMI — Ordinarily, Jose Fernandez against Clayton Kershaw would figure to be quite a pitchers' duel.

Fernandez lived up to his end of the bargain.

The Miami ace tied a career high with 14 strikeouts, overshadowing Kershaw's return from injury and leading the Marlins to a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

Fernandez (14-8) gave up three hits and three walks in seven shutout innings. It was the fifth time he's struck out 14 in a game, and third this season.

"It seems like that's all I do lately. I can't pass 14," Fernandez said.

That's more than enough for the Marlins.

Fernandez was simply dominant, improving to 4-0 all-time against the Dodgers and 28-2 at Marlins Park. There have been 12 games in the majors this season when a pitcher has struck out 14 or more, and no one else has more than one.

His 102nd and last pitch — which fanned Yasiel Puig — hit 98 mph.

"He used his changeup more tonight and pitched inside more," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "He was good."

Fernandez is up to 238 strikeouts this year, 29 more than any Marlins pitcher has ever compiled in a season.

J.T. Realmuto homered and Christian Yelich had two hits for Miami, which improved to 5-0 against the NL West leaders this season.

Kershaw (11-3) had not started for the Dodgers since June 26 because of a mild disk herniation in his back. He threw 66 pitches, 46 for strikes, while allowing two runs and five hits over three innings.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 NL MVP struck out five, did not walk a batter and now has 150 strikeouts against nine free passes in 2016.

"It's not spring training for anybody else so it's not for me, either," Kershaw said. "We've got to beat the Giants. We've got to win this division. I'm thankful for what the guys did while I was gone. They played unbelievable. They're still playing unbelievable. I want to be a part of that. I want to help that. Tonight I didn't really help. So I need to do that, pretty soon."

Los Angeles starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout during the fourth inning against Miami Friday. WILFREDO LEE/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS