Phillies top Pirates 7-2 to end 4-game losing streak

PITTSBURGH (AP) His club mired in a miserable funk that's drained all the momentum from a promising April, Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin called a team meeting before a weekend series in Pittsburgh.

While Mackanin declined to go into the ''recipe'' of what was said, for one night Jeremy Hellickson provided the most important ingredient for winning baseball: good pitching.

Hellickson settled down quickly after a rocky first inning, retiring 16 of the final 17 batters he faced as the Phillies pulled away for a 7-2 victory over the Pirates on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak. It was the kind of performance that was reminiscent of Hellickson's tremendous play in April when he went unbeaten while posting a 1.80 ERA.

''In April I was making mistakes, and they're outs, (batters) were missing,'' he said. ''That's how the game goes sometime, but tonight I was definitely better. I mixed it up more than I have.''

Hellickson started the night winless this month with a 7.90 ERA. It looked like more of the same early when Pittsburgh scored twice in the first on an RBI-double by Josh Bell and a throwing error by Philadelphia shortstop Freddy Galvis.

Then just as quickly, Hellickson (5-1) found a rhythm, allowing only a two-out walk in the fourth to Andrew McCutchen over his final five innings. Hellickson was only at 84 pitches through six but left after feeling his back tighten up after smacking an RBI double to left in the top of the seventh that pushed Philadelphia's lead to 4-2.

Mackanin came out to chat with Hellickson before removing him as a precaution. Hellickson anticipates being able to make his next turn in the rotation.

Galvis and Maikel Franco had two hits each for the Phillies. Cameron Rupp added a three-run homer in the ninth to give Philadelphia's struggling bullpen plenty of breathing room.

Bell had two of Pittsburgh's three hits. The Pirates came in with some momentum after winning a series against National League-leading Washington but generated nothing against Hellickson's eclectic variety of changeups and breaking pitches.

''We got our second hit with our second hitter and we didn't get our third hit until the ninth inning,'' Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. ''Not a lot of activity. Not a lot of hard contact. He made his pitches. He won a bunch of games last year. He shows the ability to do it. He does it in a way you don't see done every day and he did it to us tonight.''

Philadelphia's bullpen, which posted a 6.34 ERA during the first six games of the current road trip, made sure the lead stood up.

Trevor Williams (2-3) pitched effectively for five innings before the Phillies got to him in the sixth to take the lead. The Phillies didn't push Williams around but instead pecked away, eventually moving in front after Cesar Hernandez led off with a walk and Daniel Nava doubled. Hernandez scored on a groundout by Aaron Altherr and Nava followed after a sacrifice fly by Tommy Joseph. Williams allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings, walking two.

''We're getting better,'' said Williams, moved into the rotation earlier this month after Jameson Taillon went on the disabled list after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. ''We're getting that routine. The pitch count is going up. So we're where we need to be in terms of starting right now.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: Nava left after five innings with left hamstring tightness. He was replaced by Michael Saunders, who was held out of the starting lineup a day after leaving a loss to Texas with tightness in his left groin. ... Reliever Jeanmar Gomez (right elbow impingement) went through a bullpen session without incident on Thursday. If Gomez completes two more bullpen sessions, Mackanin said the team may opt not to send Gomez out on a rehab assignment.

Pirates: Taillon is upbeat less than two weeks after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. The 25-year-old remains out indefinitely and will undergo tests next week before the next step in the treatment process begins. ''Everything I've gotten back regarding (previous test results) I've taken as good news,'' Taillon said. ''It could be a lot worse.''

UP NEXT

Phillies: Vince Velasquez will make his second career start against Pittsburgh. Velasquez (2-3, 5.67) gave up three runs, two earned, in five innings last Sunday against Washington.

Pirates: Ivan Nova (3-3, 2.48 ERA) will search for his first victory in May on Saturday. Nova was the NL Pitcher of the Month in April but is winless in his last three starts.

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  • W: J. Hellickson (5-1)L: T. Williams (2-3)
  • HR: PHI - C. Rupp (4)
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A. Altherr LF40010003.313.409.6361.0451.0
T. Joseph 1B30110000.265.328.487.8152.0
O. Herrera CF40100001.242.297.366.6630.0
M. Franco 3B42200000.224.288.385.6724.0
F. Galvis SS42200001.248.292.426.7185.0
C. Rupp C41131002.255.343.468.8118.0
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  • a-grounded out for Benoit in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Harrison 2B41100000.285.348.465.8132.0
J. Bell 1B41210000.256.342.527.8705.0
A. McCutchen CF30000112.216.288.392.6800.5
D. Freese 3B40000013.257.356.419.775-0.5
F. Cervelli C40000001.217.300.391.6910.0
J. Osuna RF30000001.212.278.409.6870.0
D. Ortiz LF30000000.250.400.250.6500.0
J. Mercer SS30000000.206.312.272.5840.0
T. Williams P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-popped out for Lindblom in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Nava (3), F. Galvis (7), J. Hellickson
  • HR - C. Rupp (4)
  • SF - T. Joseph (2)
  • RBI - C. Hernandez (11), A. Altherr (23), T. Joseph (19), C. Rupp 3 (12), J. Hellickson (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Hellickson (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bell (8)
  • RBI - J. Bell (19)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - O. Herrera (3)
FIELDING
  • E - F. Galvis (4)
FIELDING
  • E - D. Freese (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson (W, 5-1)6.02211203.440.5025.0
P. Neshek (H, 6)1.00000001.170.003.0
J. Benoit (H, 9)1.00000004.500.003.0
H. Neris1.01000103.541.002.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson (W, 5-1)6.0
P. Neshek (H, 6)1.0
J. Benoit (H, 9)1.0
H. Neris1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Williams (L, 2-3)5.24332006.041.061.0
J. Lindblom2.13110107.841.292.5
T. Watson1.03330013.063.00-3.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Williams (L, 2-3)5.2
J. Lindblom2.1
T. Watson1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 84-52, P. Neshek 9-5, J. Benoit 16-10, H. Neris 16-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 9-8, H. Neris 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 22, P. Neshek 3, J. Benoit 3, H. Neris 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 93-68, J. Lindblom 33-20, T. Watson 10-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 10-7, J. Lindblom 1-4, T. Watson 2-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Williams 23, J. Lindblom 9, T. Watson 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Hernandez 2B41110101.298.369.429.7974.0
D. Nava RF31100002.305.425.458.8823.0
M. Saunders RF20000010.246.295.415.710-0.5
A. Altherr LF40010003.313.409.6361.0451.0
T. Joseph 1B30110000.265.328.487.8152.0
O. Herrera CF40100001.242.297.366.6630.0
M. Franco 3B42200000.224.288.385.6724.0
F. Galvis SS42200001.248.292.426.7185.0
C. Rupp C41131002.255.343.468.8118.0
J. Hellickson SP20110100.125.222.313.5354.0
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  • a-grounded out for Benoit in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Harrison 2B41100000.285.348.465.8132.0
J. Bell 1B41210000.256.342.527.8705.0
A. McCutchen CF30000112.216.288.392.6800.5
D. Freese 3B40000013.257.356.419.775-0.5
F. Cervelli C40000001.217.300.391.6910.0
J. Osuna RF30000001.212.278.409.6870.0
D. Ortiz LF30000000.250.400.250.6500.0
J. Mercer SS30000000.206.312.272.5840.0
T. Williams P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Lindblom P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Frazier PH10000000.342.390.461.8510.0
T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-popped out for Lindblom in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Nava (3), F. Galvis (7), J. Hellickson
  • HR - C. Rupp (4)
  • SF - T. Joseph (2)
  • RBI - C. Hernandez (11), A. Altherr (23), T. Joseph (19), C. Rupp 3 (12), J. Hellickson (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Hellickson (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bell (8)
  • RBI - J. Bell (19)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - O. Herrera (3)
FIELDING
  • E - F. Galvis (4)
FIELDING
  • E - D. Freese (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson (W, 5-1)6.02211203.440.5025.0
P. Neshek (H, 6)1.00000001.170.003.0
J. Benoit (H, 9)1.00000004.500.003.0
H. Neris1.01000103.541.002.5
Total9.0321130---
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson (W, 5-1)6.0
P. Neshek (H, 6)1.0
J. Benoit (H, 9)1.0
H. Neris1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Williams (L, 2-3)5.24332006.041.061.0
J. Lindblom2.13110107.841.292.5
T. Watson1.03330013.063.00-3.0
Total9.01077211---
PITCHERSIP
T. Williams (L, 2-3)5.2
J. Lindblom2.1
T. Watson1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 84-52, P. Neshek 9-5, J. Benoit 16-10, H. Neris 16-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 9-8, H. Neris 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 22, P. Neshek 3, J. Benoit 3, H. Neris 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 93-68, J. Lindblom 33-20, T. Watson 10-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 10-7, J. Lindblom 1-4, T. Watson 2-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Williams 23, J. Lindblom 9, T. Watson 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Rupp homered to right, Franco and Galvis scored72
  • 7TH INNING
    Hellickson doubled to shallow left, Franco scored42
  • 6TH INNING
    Joseph hit sacrifice fly to left, Nava scored32
    Altherr grounded out to first, Hernandez scored, Nava to third22
  • 3RD INNING
    Hernandez singled to center, Galvis scored, Hellickson to second12
  • 1ST INNING
    Cervelli safe at first on shortstop Galvis fielding error, Bell scored02
    Bell doubled to left center, Harrison scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • T. Watson Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Franco singled to right
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Galvis reached on bunt single to pitcher, Franco to third on 3rd baseman Freese fielding error
    • C. Rupp: Rupp homered to right, Franco and Galvis scored
    • A. Blanco: Blanco grounded out to second
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded out to first
    • M. Saunders: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Saunders flied out to right
    • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • H. Neris Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Bell singled to center
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Freese reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bell out at second
    • F. Cervelli: Strike swinging, Foul, Cervelli flied out to deep center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • J. Lindblom Pitching:
    • M. Saunders: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Saunders struck out looking
    • A. Altherr: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Altherr fouled out to catcher
    • T. Joseph: Ball, Joseph singled to left
    • O. Herrera: Herrera lined out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Benoit Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercer lined out to shortstop
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Frazier popped out to third
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Harrison lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Lindblom Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Franco singled to left
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Galvis flied out to shallow center
    • C. Rupp: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Rupp grounded out to third, Franco to second
    • J. Hellickson: Ball, Foul, Hellickson doubled to shallow left, Franco scored
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez popped out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Neshek Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Cervelli flied out to deep right
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Osuna flied out to right
    • D. Ortiz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ortiz lined out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hernandez walked
    • D. Nava: Nava doubled to shallow left, Hernandez to third
    • A. Altherr: Altherr grounded out to first, Hernandez scored, Nava to third
    • T. Joseph: Joseph hit sacrifice fly to left, Nava scored
    • O. Herrera: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Herrera singled to center
    • M. Franco: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Herrera picked off at second, pitcher to first to second to catcher
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bell grounded out to second
    • A. McCutchen: McCutchen grounded out to third
    • D. Freese: Freese grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Galvis fouled out to third
    • C. Rupp: Rupp lined out to center
    • J. Hellickson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hellickson grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mercer flied out to right
    • T. Williams: Foul, Williams grounded out to first
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Harrison grounded out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • T. Joseph: Ball, Joseph grounded out to second
    • O. Herrera: Foul, Foul, Herrera flied out to deep center
    • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Franco grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cervelli flied out to center
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Ball, Osuna flied out to center
    • D. Ortiz: Strike looking, Ortiz flied out to deep left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Galvis doubled to shallow left
    • C. Rupp: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Rupp grounded out to third
    • J. Hellickson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hellickson walked
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez singled to center, Galvis scored, Hellickson to second
    • D. Nava: Strike looking, Foul, Nava reached on fielder's choice to second, Hellickson to third, Hernandez out at second
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Foul, Altherr fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike looking, Harrison lined out to third
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Bell grounded out to second
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked
    • D. Freese: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • T. Joseph: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Joseph flied out to center
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Herrera flied out to deep center
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Franco grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • D. Ortiz: Strike looking, Ball, Ortiz flied out to deep center
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Mercer lined out to center
    • T. Williams: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Williams struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez grounded out to first
    • D. Nava: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Nava grounded out to second
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Ball, Altherr grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Harrison singled to left center
    • J. Bell: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bell doubled to left center, Harrison scored
    • A. McCutchen: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, McCutchen lined out to third
    • D. Freese: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Freese grounded out to catcher, Bell to third
    • F. Cervelli: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cervelli safe at first on shortstop Galvis fielding error, Bell scored
    • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Ball, Osuna grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)