The nerves came later, after he'd thrown his first five mostly jaw-dropping major league innings. From the dugout all he could do was try to will his Miami Marlins teammates to preserve a narrow lead Sunday afternoon. That exercise proved more harrowing for 20-year-old Jose Fernandez than anything he experienced on the Citi Field mound.

He watched out after out with men in scoring position. He watched the bullpen falter again in the Mets' 4-3 walk-off win. His team up a run in the ninth, Steve Cishek blew his first save attempt.

"We had so many opportunities to score runs in that game," said manager Mike Redmond, whose team lost a 3-0 lead and returns to South Florida for Monday night's home opener 1-5. "We couldn't punch any more runs across to give us a little bit of cushion…Fernandez pitched great, deserved to win. That one hurts."

With one out, Cishek grazed Ruben Tejada's jersey, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Marlon Byrd followed with singles. The second one, a grounder down the third-base line past a diving Chris Valaika, ended it.

"It's all on me," said Cishek, willingly overlooking that just two of his team's 13 hits came in 14 at-bats with runners in scoring position. "It's my job to go out there and shut it down."