Story by Rob Maaddi of AP Sports
Another rookie had a big game, another starter pitched well and the bullpen was lights-out again.
It's a familiar theme for the surprising Philadelphia Phillies.
"I'm very impressed," manager Pete Mackanin said. "These guys have great makeup. They pull for one another. It's a real team."
After losing 99 games last year, the Phillies went into full rebuilding mode. But one-quarter into this season, they're right in the mix with the Nationals and defending NL champion Mets.
"It's crazy, but why not?" Mackanin said. "We've held our own and there's no reason to believe we can't (compete for the postseason)."
Hellickson (4-2) allowed two runs and five hits, striking out four. He retired 11 in a row at one point and pitched well after a shaky start. Jeanmar Gomez tossed a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 17 tries.
The Phillies won two of three for their seventh series win in the past eight, improving to 24-13 since an 0-4 start.
Marlins starter Tom Koehler (2-4) gave up three runs - two earned - and seven hits in seven innings.
Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton struck out four times and has fanned in his past seven at-bats. He was 0-for-10 in the series with nine strikeouts. Stanton made solid contact in the dugout when he smashed his bat after one of his early strikeouts.
"He's one guy on our team, but the last two games probably were his worst at-bats of the season," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.
Andres Blanco lined an RBI double in the third and Cameron Rupp's two-run single gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead. A fielding error by first baseman Justin Bour on David Lough's grounder started the rally. Cesar Hernandez followed with a bunt single. Blanco then ripped a double to right.
Goeddel went deep in the eighth off Jose Urena, a 428-foot drive to left-center.
"It felt really good to get the first one out of the way," Goeddel said. "I'm getting more comfortable and seeing some results."
The Marlins jumped ahead 2-0 in the first on RBI doubles by Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna. Derek Dietrich led off with a walk after third baseman Franco let his foul pop fall untouched. Yelich drove a one-out double to left. After Stanton fanned, Ozuna lined a double to left.
The Phillies are temporarily tied with Washington for first in the NL East, pending the outcome of the Nationals-Mets game Wednesday night. Philadelphia hasn't been in first since finishing the 2011 season with a franchise-record 102 wins for their fifth straight division title.
Lehigh Valley Moves Into First Place Tie
Like Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs were in action early in the day, with a 10:35 start for Education Day. Also like the Phillies, the IronPigs came away with a win, beating Syracuse 3-0 to move into a tie for first place in the International League's North Division.
Zach Eflin continued to dominate Triple-A hitters, throwing seven shutout innings for the IronPigs, allowing just two hits and one walk, while striking out six hitters. Eflin has now allowed just five hits, two walks and one earned run over his last two starts, covering 14 innings of work. In that same period, he also struck out 11 batters. The 22-year old right-hander is now 5-0 on the season and lowered his season ERA to 2.36.
In just his third game back since being activated from the DL with a broken jaw, Carlos Alonso hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot just over the left field fence to put Lehigh Valley up 3-0. Alonso also doubled and scored two runs in the game. In his three games back, Alonso is hitting .375 (3-for-8), which actually lowered his season average from the .400 (2-for-5) mark it was at when he went on the DL. Alonso is now batting .385 on the season.
Edward Mujica pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 10th save of the year.
WP: Jason Stofel (1-2, 3.38), LP: Gregory Infante (1-1, 1.42), SV: none
HR: RDG - Jake Fox (8); BOW - Joey Terdoslavich 2 (3), Adrian Marin (1)
Reading led 6-0 after three innings, but gave up seven unanswered runs.
St. Lucie 2
WP: Ranfi Casimiro (5-2, 3.35), LP: S. Reyes (2-5, 7.22), SV: Jesen Therrien (3)
HR: CLW - Andrew Pullin (2); STL - C. Stuart (3)
Casimiro threw six innings, giving up three hits and one walk, striking out seven.
WP: Jefry Rodriguez (3-2, 3.76), LP: Shane Watson (2-2, 3.20), SV: Tommy Peterson (5)
Carlos Duran went 3-for-4 in the loss.
Thursday's Probable Starters
Philadelphia - RHP Michael Mariot activated from the DL and optioned to Lehigh Valley.