Hellickson bounces back in Nats' 5-1 win over Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) In his first two starts after coming off the disabled list in late June, Washington Nationals starter Jeremy Hellickson allowed 12 runs over 8 2/3 innings.

He reversed that trend in a big way Tuesday night, tossing five innings of two-hit ball in a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Hellickson (3-1) struck out three and induced seven ground balls as he was both effective and efficient, finishing his outing at 67 pitches.

''I would've liked to go a little deeper, but we just needed a win,'' Hellickson said. ''So, it's just good to feel good again. These last five days have been pretty rough.''

After losing eight of nine, Washington has won four of its last six.

The Nationals could afford to pull Hellickson early thanks to the big lead provided by Anthony Rendon, Daniel Murphy and company.?

In the fifth inning, Rendon hit at two-run homer, his 13th of the season. Murphy contributed a hit to a three-run sixth as part of a 4-for-4 night that included two doubles.

It was a big night for Murphy, who hasn't been able to get his bat going since returning in June from offseason knee surgery. The four-hit outing raised his batting average to a season-high .250.

''It's no secret that I haven't really been super productive so far in my at-bats, but I'm feeling better and hopefully I can grind them out myself and do something to help the ballclub win each night,'' Murphy said.

Pirates reliever Steven Brault walked in a pair of runs in the sixth and Adam Eaton added on with an RBI single.

Rendon's homer was the only damage against Pirates starter Joe Musgrove (3-4), who struck out a career-high nine over five innings. It was Musgrove's first outing back from a trip to the disabled list for a finger infection. An elevated pitch count, including 27 in the first inning, led to his early exit.

''With the pitch count up, I was getting tired after two innings and working a lot harder than I would have liked to,'' Musgrove said.

The Pirates loaded the bases in the ninth, but newly installed closer Kelvin Herrera struck out Francisco Cervelli to end it. Herrera will handle the ninth inning in place of Sean Doolittle, who was placed on the disabled list with left toe inflammation.

The start of the game was delayed 50 minutes due to rain in the area, but it never rained at PNC Park.

TOUGH NIGHT

Bryce Harper went 0 for 5 with four strikeouts and his batting average fell to .215. Harper and Musgrove grew up playing against one another and Musgrove called it a ''friendly matchup.''

''I'm just going to look at it as a bad game,'' Washington manager Dave Martinez said of Harper. ''He's a professional and he'll be right back out there tomorrow.''

ROSTER MOVES

The Pirates optioned right-handed pitcher Alex McRae to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room for Musgrove. McRae did not appear in a game with Pittsburgh.

Washington replaced Doolittle with reliever Wander Suero, who was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse along with starter Austin Voth. Voth will pitch Saturday. Jefry Rodriguez was optioned to the minors.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (right shoulder inflammation) made his first rehab start with Class A Potomac. He pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed two hits, one run and one walk while striking out five.

Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli (concussion) was given the day off. He made back-to-back starts after coming off the disabled list Sunday.

UP NEXT

Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-5, 3.76 ERA) is scheduled to start Wednesday's series finale. He is 0-3 over his last six starts but is 4-1 in his career against Pittsburgh.

Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (6-7, 4.60 ERA) is coming off his shortest outing of the season, when he allowed five runs over 2 1/3 innings against Philadelphia on July 6.

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  • W: J. Hellickson (3-1)L: J. Musgrove (3-4)
  • HR: WAS - A. Rendon (13)
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M. Adams 1B40100120.290.362.557.9191.0
T. Turner SS41000134.272.350.410.7600.5
D. Murphy 2B41400001.250.279.338.6177.0
W. Difo 2B00000000.248.304.344.6480.0
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b- B. Goodwin PH-RF10000000.183.315.350.6650.0
  • a-walked for Hellickson in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Kintzler in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Dickerson LF30100101.309.344.463.8062.0
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S. Marte CF40100011.282.332.460.7920.5
G. Polanco RF40100022.236.342.469.8110.0
C. Moran 3B20000000.256.331.404.7350.0
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J. Bell 1B41100012.250.328.380.7081.5
J. Mercer SS40000003.242.303.377.6800.0
M. Moroff 2B30010100.176.263.314.5772.0
J. Musgrove P10000010.250.250.250.500-0.5
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d- A. Meadows PH-LF20200000.304.335.486.8222.0
  • a-struck out for Feliz in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Moran in the 6th
  • c-flied out for Musgrove in the 5th
  • d-singled for Glasnow in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Murphy 2 (4)
  • HR - A. Rendon (13)
  • RBI - A. Eaton (14), J. Soto (28), A. Rendon 2 (41), M. Reynolds (25)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rendon 2 (14)
BATTING
  • RBI - M. Moroff (7)
FIELDING
  • E - B. Harper (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Polanco (3)
  • DP - (Moroff-Bell)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson (W, 3-1)5.02001303.471.0920.5
M. Grace0.21001202.971.02-1.0
B. Kintzler1.12110003.931.310.0
R. Madson1.00000005.291.583.0
K. Herrera1.02001201.830.961.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson (W, 3-1)5.0
M. Grace0.2
B. Kintzler1.1
R. Madson1.0
K. Herrera1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (L, 3-4)5.05221913.771.376.5
S. Brault0.13333105.051.49-8.5
T. Glasnow1.22000204.891.412.0
M. Feliz2.02000105.191.444.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (L, 3-4)5.0
S. Brault0.1
T. Glasnow1.2
M. Feliz2.0
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Kintzler
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 67-45, M. Grace 16-9, B. Kintzler 20-15, R. Madson 8-6, K. Herrera 20-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 7-5, B. Kintzler 3-1, R. Madson 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 18, M. Grace 4, B. Kintzler 6, R. Madson 3, K. Herrera 6
  • Balks - J. Hellickson
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Musgrove (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 96-69, S. Brault 27-11, T. Glasnow 23-14, M. Feliz 32-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 3-3, T. Glasnow 1-0, M. Feliz 2-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 22, S. Brault 7, T. Glasnow 5, M. Feliz 8
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Rendon 3B51121015.278.343.513.8566.5
B. Harper CF50000042.215.368.471.839-2.0
M. Adams 1B40100120.290.362.557.9191.0
T. Turner SS41000134.272.350.410.7600.5
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  • a-walked for Hellickson in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Kintzler in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Dickerson LF30100101.309.344.463.8062.0
M. Feliz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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S. Marte CF40100011.282.332.460.7920.5
G. Polanco RF40100022.236.342.469.8110.0
C. Moran 3B20000000.256.331.404.7350.0
b- D. Freese PH-3B20000012.264.321.410.730-0.5
E. Diaz C30100102.290.340.490.8292.0
J. Bell 1B41100012.250.328.380.7081.5
J. Mercer SS40000003.242.303.377.6800.0
M. Moroff 2B30010100.176.263.314.5772.0
J. Musgrove P10000010.250.250.250.500-0.5
c- J. Luplow PH10000000.333.333.333.6670.0
S. Brault P0000-000.200.200.267.000-
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  • a-struck out for Feliz in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Moran in the 6th
  • c-flied out for Musgrove in the 5th
  • d-singled for Glasnow in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Murphy 2 (4)
  • HR - A. Rendon (13)
  • RBI - A. Eaton (14), J. Soto (28), A. Rendon 2 (41), M. Reynolds (25)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rendon 2 (14)
BATTING
  • RBI - M. Moroff (7)
FIELDING
  • E - B. Harper (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Polanco (3)
  • DP - (Moroff-Bell)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson (W, 3-1)5.02001303.471.0920.5
M. Grace0.21001202.971.02-1.0
B. Kintzler1.12110003.931.310.0
R. Madson1.00000005.291.583.0
K. Herrera1.02001201.830.961.0
Total9.0711370---
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson (W, 3-1)5.0
M. Grace0.2
B. Kintzler1.1
R. Madson1.0
K. Herrera1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (L, 3-4)5.05221913.771.376.5
S. Brault0.13333105.051.49-8.5
T. Glasnow1.22000204.891.412.0
M. Feliz2.02000105.191.444.5
Total9.012554131---
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (L, 3-4)5.0
S. Brault0.1
T. Glasnow1.2
M. Feliz2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Kintzler
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 67-45, M. Grace 16-9, B. Kintzler 20-15, R. Madson 8-6, K. Herrera 20-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 7-5, B. Kintzler 3-1, R. Madson 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 18, M. Grace 4, B. Kintzler 6, R. Madson 3, K. Herrera 6
  • Balks - J. Hellickson
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Musgrove (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 96-69, S. Brault 27-11, T. Glasnow 23-14, M. Feliz 32-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 3-3, T. Glasnow 1-0, M. Feliz 2-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 22, S. Brault 7, T. Glasnow 5, M. Feliz 8
  • 7TH INNING
    Moroff grounded out to first, Bell scored51
  • 6TH INNING
    Soto walked, Kieboom scored, Reynolds to third, Eaton to second50
    Eaton singled to shallow left, Murphy scored, Kieboom to third, Reynolds to second40
    Reynolds walked, Turner scored, Murphy to third, Kieboom to second30
  • 5TH INNING
    Rendon homered to left center, Soto scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • M. Feliz Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Harper grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Ball, Adams flied out to deep center
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kelvin Herrera relieved Ryan Madson
    • E. Diaz: Diaz singled to right
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Mercer lined out to center
    • M. Moroff: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moroff walked, Diaz to second
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Meadows reached on an infield single to second, Diaz to third, Moroff to second
    • Francisco Cervelli hit for Michael Feliz
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Michael Feliz pitching
    • S. Kieboom: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kieboom flied out to deep right
    • Brian Goodwin hit for Brandon Kintzler
    • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Goodwin grounded out to first
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Eaton singled to center
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Soto singled to left center, Eaton to third
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Rendon lined out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Madson pitching
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Marte fouled out to first
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Polanco fouled out to third
    • D. Freese: Freese grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • T. Glasnow Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Harper struck out looking
    • M. Adams: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Adams reached on an infield single to second
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • D. Murphy: Foul, Ball, Ball, Murphy doubled to deep right, Adams out at home
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wilmer Difo at second base
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bell reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Mercer: Foul, Foul, Ball, Bell to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Mercer lined out to center, Bell to third on center fielder Harper fielding error
    • M. Moroff: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Moroff grounded out to first, Bell scored
    • Austin Meadows hit for Tyler Glasnow
    • A. Meadows: Meadows reached on an infield single to second
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Steven Brault pitching
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked
    • D. Murphy: Murphy singled to shallow center, Turner to second
    • S. Kieboom: Kieboom singled to center, Turner to third, Murphy to second
    • Mark Reynolds hit for Jeremy Hellickson
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked, Turner scored, Murphy to third, Kieboom to second
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Eaton singled to shallow left, Murphy scored, Kieboom to third, Reynolds to second
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soto walked, Kieboom scored, Reynolds to third, Eaton to second
    • Tyler Glasnow relieved Steven Brault
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rendon grounded into double play second to first, Soto out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Grace pitching
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dickerson walked
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Polanco reached on an infield single to shortstop, Dickerson to second
    • David Freese hit for Colin Moran
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Freese struck out looking
    • Brandon Kintzler relieved Matt Grace
    • E. Diaz: Diaz grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • J. Hellickson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hellickson struck out looking
    • A. Eaton: Foul, Strike looking, Eaton grounded out to first
    • J. Soto: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Soto reached on an infield single to third
    • A. Rendon: Rendon homered to left center, Soto scored
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Mercer grounded out to third
    • M. Moroff: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moroff grounded out to first
    • Jordan Luplow hit for Joe Musgrove
    • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Luplow flied out to left
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Turner flied out to deep center
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Murphy singled to right
    • S. Kieboom: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kieboom struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moran grounded out to second
    • E. Diaz: Diaz lined out to left
    • J. Bell: Ball, Bell grounded out to first
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Foul, Foul, Soto grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Rendon: Rendon grounded out to second
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • M. Moroff: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Moroff grounded out to second
    • J. Musgrove: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Musgrove struck out swinging
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Foul, Dickerson singled to left
    • S. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Marte singled to shallow left, Dickerson to second
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Foul, Dickerson to third, Marte to second on balk, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Murphy doubled to left center
    • S. Kieboom: Ball, Kieboom flied out to right
    • J. Hellickson: Strike looking, Hellickson lined out to second
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Moran grounded out to second
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Diaz walked
    • J. Bell: Bell popped out to shortstop
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Mercer flied out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Eaton hit by pitch
    • J. Soto: Soto singled to left, Eaton to second
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • B. Harper: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adams walked, Eaton to third, Soto to second
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Turner struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Foul, Dickerson grounded out to first
    • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte flied out to center
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)