Phils hook Marlins for sixth win in row

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PHILADELPHIA — Jeremy Hellickson adeptly worked out of a pair of two-baserunner jams in consecutive innings Thursday, earning the Phillies a 3-2 win and a rain-shortened two-game sweep of the Marlins, extending their winning streak to six.

Weak contact, a trademark of the soft-throwing Hellickson, kept the Marlins off balance and his pitches off their barrels in key situations. Of his 94 pitches, Hellickson threw 35 changeups, his most of any pitch on the day, marking the third straight start he’s thrown the pitch at least 35 percent of the time.

Hellickson now has a 2.61 ERA in 69 career innings against the Marlins. Miami finished its three-city road trip 3-5.

The Marlins had chances after falling behind by two runs in the third inning, and they got on the board in the sixth inning off Hellickson. Giancarlo Stanton doubled and scored on J.T. Realmuto‘s single. And in the seventh inning, Christian Yelich added a run-scoring single.

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Stassi’s well-timed, placed triple: The first career triple for Brock Stassi was an impactful one. With two outs in the sixth inning, the left-handed hitting first baseman laced a triple into the right-field corner, scoring Michael Saunders from first. Miami had just closed the gap to 2-1 in the top of the sixth, and Stassi’s RBI hit off Edinson Volquez gave Philadelphia a two-run cushion.

Changing speeds, escaping jam: The Marlins had a chance to make some noise and break through off Hellickson in the fourth inning. Martin Prado and Yelich each singled and a wild pitch advanced Prado to third. So with first-and-third and no outs, and trailing 2-0, Miami was well positioned with Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Realmuto lined up. But Hellickson fanned Stanton swinging through a changeup. Ozuna skied a changeup into a pop out to short, and Realmuto lined a changeup to short, leaving Miami empty.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com.

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


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