This was the first good effort that Fernandez, the former Dodger minor leaguer, has had for awhile. He entered Friday night's game with a 5.57 earned-run average and left with it whittled to 4.93.
"That's the best I've seen him throw all year," Johnson said. "I'm pleased with everything he did. He needed this one more than you can imagine. I think he'll be fine."
Carter, the Met catcher who had an RBI triple off Sutton in the fifth inning, said Fernandez's motivation might have been revenge.
"I think it really gave him a lift, doing it against his old club," Carter said.
Quipped Fernandez, when that theory was proposed: "Not really. I never played for them. I mean, I knew them for two spring trainings. But all my Dodger teammates have been released."