Fernandez(9-2) gave a fine effort for New York. He was reached for 7 hits and 3 walks in 9 innings and allowed 2 gopher balls. Philadelphia tried unsuccessfully to come back in the 9th.
The loss was charged to Kevin Gross(1-6). He allowed a few too many baserunners giving up 8 hits and 4 walks in 5 and 2/3 innings.
Fernandez was asked about his big strikeout performance, 'Well, it's a little odd when you rack up these numbers on the road - instead of cheers and a running tally in the stands, everything gets real still and quiet. Just strange - but it's nice to be able to take the crowd out of the game.'