Hel­lick­son sti­fles Marlins with 3-hit­ter

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Aaron Bracy The Associated Press

Hel­lick­son pitched a three­hit­ter and A.J. El­lis backed him with a three-run dou­ble to lead the Philadel­phia Phillies over the fad­ing Miami Marlins 8-0 Sat­ur­day night.

Jeremy Hel­lick­son kept his mind­set sim­ple.

Hel­lick­son pitched a three-hit­ter and A.J. El­lis backed him with a three­run dou­ble to lead the Philadel­phia Phillies over the fad­ing Miami Marlins 8-0 Sat­ur­day night.

“Keep the ball down, get ahead and let the de­fense work,” Hel­lick­son said.

Sounds easy. Hel­lick­son cer­tainly made it look that way.

“That was fun. He’s been out­stand­ing all year,” Phillies man­ager Pete Mack­anin said. “He’s a great guy, a good worker and very fo­cused.”

Miami, which be­gan the day five games back for the NL’s sec­ond wild card, trailed by seven runs in the sec­ond in­ning and lost for the 14th time in 20 games.

Hel­lick­son (12-9) struck out five, walked none and hit two bat­ters in his sec­ond big league shutout and third com­plete game. He threw 75 of 106 pitches for strikes.

“It wasn’t some­thing I was think­ing about,” he said of the shutout. “It was nice to go out there and get a chance to fin­ish it.”

The 2011 AL Rookie of the Year with Tampa Bay, Hel­lick­son pitched a fourhit shutout against Bal­ti­more that May 13 and another four-hit­ter against the Ori­oles that Sept. 4.

“It’s been a long time,” he said.

Miami’s only hits were sin­gles by Dee Gor­don lead­ing off the game and Martin Prado in the fourth, and Derek Di­et­rich’s dou­ble in the seventh.

Tommy Joseph also home­red in a game that took 2 hours, 42 min­utes, nearly half the 4:43 of the Philadel­phia’s 4-3, 13-in­ning win Fri­day night.

Jose Urena (4-7) lasted just two in­nings and al­lowed seven runs and seven hits in his worst out­ing since mov­ing to the start­ing ro­ta­tion on July 19. Urena pitched 8 2/3 in­nings in last Sunday’s 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“He had trou­ble keep­ing the ball down,” Marlins man­ager Don Mat­tingly said. “They were wait­ing for his fast­ball.”

Philadel­phia took a 5-0 lead in the first on El­lis’ two-out, bases-clear­ing dou­ble just in­side the bag at third and RBI dou­bles by Odubel Her­rera and Maikel Franco.

“That was a gi­ant hit,” Mack­anin said of El­lis’ dou­ble.

Joseph hit a two-run homer in the sec­ond off Urena, giv­ing the rookie first base­man 20 for the sea­son.

“You have to make the right pitches and learn from games like this,” Urena said. “This kind of game, it hap­pens.”

Streak­ing pitch­ers

Phillies pitch­ers have four com­plete games and have al­lowed three runs or fewer in 14 con­sec­u­tive games, the team’s long­est stretch since go­ing 17 in a row in 2000.

Joseph’s turn­around

Joseph be­came the third Phillies rookie since 1972 to hit at least 20 homers, join­ing Ryan Howard (22 homers in 2005) and Scott Rolen (21 in 1997).

It’s been quite a turn­around for Joseph, a con­verted catcher who strug­gled with con­cus­sions in the mi­nor leagues. He was left off the Phillies’ 40-man ros­ter fol­low­ing last sea­son and his goal en­ter­ing spring train­ing was to get a Septem­ber call-up.

“At this time last year, a lot of peo­ple were giv­ing up on my fu­ture,” he said. “Now with 20 homers in The Show, it’s pretty spe­cial. It means a lot to me.”

Up next

The teams close their three-game set on Sunday when Miami RHP An­drew Cash­ner (5-11, 5.22) op­poses RHP Alec Asher (10, 1.46).

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