- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Jose Fernandez gave credit to his catcher and even claimed he had “a lucky game.”

The Braves weren’t buying it.

Fernandez matched his career high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings and combined with Steve Cishek on a three-hitter as the Miami Marlins shut out Atlanta 1-0 on Tuesday night.

“He pitched amazing,” said Atlanta’s Chris Johnson. “We went up against a buzz-saw today.”

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said his hitters “were coming back shaking their heads.”

Fernandez (3-1) outpitched Atlanta’s Alex Wood (2-3), who also was dominant. Wood allowed four hits and one run with no walks and a career-high 11 strikeouts in eight innings.

But the night belonged to Fernandez.

“I think it would be fair to say that was probably his best-pitched game as far as his stuff and his command,” said Marlins manager Mike Redmond.

Fernandez struck out the side in the fourth and fifth innings. He allowed three hits with no walks but said he didn’t have that kind of control in the bullpen before the game.

“My breaking ball in the bullpen was horrible, horrible,” Fernandez said. “But I thought to myself that when they say ‘play ball’ it gets better.”

Fernandez said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia deserved credit for the way he helped keep Atlanta’s batters off-balance.

“He was just amazing back there,” Fernandez said. “I can’t explain how good he was.”

Gonzalez said Fernandez, 21, has more dominant games in his future.

“He’s got the capability of running those type of games out every time he goes out,” Gonzalez said.

When told he was receiving postgame compliments in the Braves’ clubhouse, Fernandez shrugged and said “That was a lucky game today, I think.”

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