MIAMI -- In a matchup of some of the best rookies in the National League, the Miami Marlins and 21-year-old pitcher Jose Fernandez defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-2, Monday night at Marlins Park.
The Marlins, owners of the worst record in the NL, beat a blazing-hot Dodgers team that is the Las Vegas betting-line favorite to win the World Series. It would be the franchise's first World Series win in 25 years.
Fernandez (9-5) allowed just two runs (one earned) in six innings, striking out eight.
He got the best of two top Dodgers rookies - right fielder Yasiel Puig and pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Puig, who like Fernandez is a Cuban defector, had an off night. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout against Fernandez. For the game, Puig went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts as his batting average dipped to a still-impressive .351.
Ryu (12-4), a 26-year-old from South Korea, allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings.
The game drew 27,127 fans, the third-largest home crowd of the year for the Marlins.
Miami took a 3-2 lead on Logan Morrison's sixth-inning double, which one-hopped the wall in right and scored Donovan Solano from second. The Marlins went on to load the bases, but Ryu got Adeiny Hechavarria to bounce into an inning-ending double play.
The Marlins added three runs in the eighth, highlighted by Giancarlo Stanton's 428-foot solo home to left-center. Ed Lucas and Hechavarria added run-scoring singles.
The Dodgers had tied the score 2-2 in the sixth. Andre Ethier, who was hit by pitch on a Fernandez curve, scored on a two-out double by Juan Uribe. Fernandez threw three straight curves to Uribe before the last one was pulled down the left-field line on a 3-2 pitch.
Ryu hadn't allowed a hit until his opposing number, Fernandez, drilled a hard line-drive single to center with two outs in the third.
That sparked the Marlins, as the next two batters went the opposite way for run-scoring hits -- a triple to left by Christian Yelich and a single to right by Donovan Solano.
The Dodgers scored one run in the fifth -- but it could have been a bigger inning if not for masterful pitching by Fernandez. The first two batters singled before Fernandez got Ryu to hit an easy chopper to Ed Lucas at third. Lucas, though, dropped the potential double-play grounder and was charged with an error.
Fernandez then allowed a run-scoring groundout by Carl Crawford before striking out Puig on three pitches -- all of them 97 mph fastballs. Puig swung at the last one even though it was up and out of the strike zone. The inning ended with Fernandez striking out Adrian Gonzalez.
NOTES: The Dodgers activated former Giants RHP Brian Wilson, 31. The longtime closer, recovered from a second Tommy John surgery, has not pitched in a big-league game since April 12, 2012. He threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings in the minors this year before getting promoted. To make room on the roster, the Dodgers demoted OF Scott Van Slyke to Triple-A Albuquerque. Van Slyke is expected to be brought back up for a fifth time this year when rosters expand Sept. 1. ... The Marlins placed 3B Placido Polanco on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Miami purchased the contract of INF Gil Velazquez from Triple-A New Orleans to fill Polanco's roster spot. OF Marcell Ozuna (wrist) was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day DL to accommodate Velazquez on the 40-man roster.