- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Another strong eight innings, another loss for Alex Wood.

The young Braves’ left-hander is hoping that streak ends at two games.

Wood set a career high with 11 strikeouts and allowed only one run in eight strong innings as the Braves were shut out by Jose Fernandez and the Miami Marlins 1-0 on Tuesday night.

Wood (2-3) also lasted eight innings in a 1-0 loss at Philadelphia on Thursday.

“I hope it’s the only time in my career I lose back-to-back 1-0 games,” Wood said.

Wood, 23, allowed only four hits with no walks. He said he didn’t like losing but enjoyed the pitching duel.

“From a pitching standpoint, it doesn’t get any more fun than that,” Wood said.

“It was a lot of fun out there, competing against a guy like Fernandez. He’s got electric stuff, as we saw tonight.”

Wood lowered his ERA from 1.67 to 1.54 in the loss.

Fernandez (3-1) matched his career high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings and combined with closer Steve Cishek on a three-hitter.

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

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

Gonzalez said Fernandez, 21, and Wood could have a long rivalry in the NL East.

“Both of those guys are young guys, and I’m sure you’re going to see them hook up like that for a very long time,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said Fernandez has more dominant games in his future.

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