After absorbing three days of heavy bombing from Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers, life didn’t figure to be much easier for the Phillies as Friday night meant a date with the Miami Marlins and Jose Fernandez’s power arm.

Fernandez, already one of baseball’s best at the age of 21, faced the Phillies three times in 2013 and held them to one run in 18 innings on his way to winning the National League Rookie of the Year award and finishing third in the Cy Young voting.

Tough assignment? No doubt. But the Phillies handled it quite well. They were aggressive against Fernandez’s power fastball and knocked him out of the game in the fifth inning en route to a 6-3 win (see Instant Replay).

“Facing a guy like Fernandez is a challenge and our guys rose to it,” manager Ryne Sandberg said. “Our offense was good. Guys stepped up.”

The win snapped the Phillies’ four-game losing skid and left them at 4-6 for the season.

However, everything wasn’t all birthday cake and balloons for the Phillies.

Starting pitcher A.J. Burnett, who joined the Phillies in the first week of spring training on a $16 million contract, walked six batters for the second straight game.

Burnett was on a fast track to the showers when he was removed from the game with one out in the fifth inning because of soreness in his right groin. The right-hander exited after throwing 106 pitches. His balls-to-strikes ratio was an unsightly 52-54.

After the game, Burnett revealed that he’d pitched much of the night with discomfort in his groin. In the fifth inning, it just became too much to bear. He walked the last two batters he faced to load the bases in a one-run game and lefty Jake Diekman came in and bailed him out with two strikeouts.

Burnett raved about Diekman, who has pitched in seven of the Phillies’ 10 games and become Sandberg’s go-to bullpen arm.

“He came in and shut them down,” Burnett said. “He’s got great stuff. He’s fearless.”

Phillies medical personnel will evaluate Burnett’s groin problem Saturday.

“Hopefully it’s not that bad,” he said. “You don’t want to come to a new squad and have something like this happen.”