Bats can’t back Hellickson in loss to Bucs

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Kuhl, a Delaware native who grew up a Phillies fan, pitched well in front of his hometown crowd. He allowed six hits and three runs (two earned) in seven innings, giving him back-to-back quality starts for the first time since April. Kuhl is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in three career starts against the Phillies.

Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson allowed five hits and three runs in six innings. He struck out four. He has a 3.20 ERA in his last four starts, which is noteworthy as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.

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Changeups and out: Hellickson allowed a two-run homer to Bell and a solo homer to Gregory Polanco in the fourth to hand the Pirates a 3-1 lead. Polanco’s homer left his bat at 111.0 mph, according to Statcast™. It was his hardest-hit ball of any kind this season. Both homers came on changeups. Hellickson has allowed an MLB-high 10 homers on changeups this season, according to Statcast™. He allowed just three last season.

Altherr’s up and down night: Aaron Altherr singled to left-center field to score two runs in the seventh to tie the game, 3-3. But Altherr was thrown out at second, trying to stretch the hit into a double. It was the second time Altherr got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double and the third time it happened to the Phillies. It happened to Altherr and Odubel Herrera on back-to-back plays in the second. Pirates left fielder Jose Osuna got the assist each time.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Ben Harris is reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia who covered the Pirates on Thursday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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