Marlins limited to 3 hits by Jeremy Hellickson in loss to Phillies

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena (62) waits for a new baseball after allowing a two-run home run to Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph (19) during the second inning.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jose Urena knows he needs to learn. The Miami Marlins pitcher could have looked to the other dugout for a lesson on Saturday night.

Urena lasted just two innings in his worst start since entering the Miami rotation on July 19, and Jeremy Hellickson pitched a three-hitter to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to an 8-0 win over the fading Marlins.

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.

Urena (4-7) allowed seven runs and seven hits. He had pitched 8 2/3 innings in last Sunday’s 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Phillies 8, Marlins 0

"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 A.J. 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," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said of Ellis’ double.

Tommy Joseph hit a two-run homer in the second off Urena, giving the rookie 20 home runs this season.

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

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.

The 2011 AL Rookie of the Year with Tampa Bay, Hellickson pitched a four-hit 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.

The game took 2 hours, 42 minutes, nearly half the 4:43 of the Philadelphia’s 4-3, 13-inning win Friday night.


Prado went 1 for 1 and is batting .306 in his career against the Phillies, ranking third among active players hitting against Philadelphia. Miguel Cabrera (.337) and Daniel Murphy (.312) have higher averages.


Marlins: OF Giancarlo Stanton was out of the starting lineup after making his first start in the field on Friday night following a three-week stint on the disabled list (left groin strain) that ended Sept. 5. Stanton had been pinch-hitting since returning.


The teams close their three-game set on Sunday when Miami RHP Andrew Cashner (5-11, 5.22) opposes RHP Alec Asher (1-0, 1.46).