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Zack Wheeler does it all as Philadelphia Phillies top Atlanta Braves

Apr 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) strikes out Atlanta Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) strikes out Atlanta Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Right-hander Zack Wheeler threw seven shutout innings and drove in a pair of runs to help the Philadelphia Phillies defeat the visiting Atlanta Braves 4-0 on Saturday.

Wheeler (1-0) allowed only one hit, a harmless second-inning single to Travis d’Arnaud, and did not walk a batter. He struck out 10, two short of matching his career high, and threw only 90 pitches. It was the ninth career double-digit strikeout game for Wheeler, his first with the Phillies. He improved to 7-5 in his career against Atlanta.

Wheeler was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and two RBI and became the first Philadelphia pitcher with two hits, two RBI and 10 strikeouts since Cliff Lee on Aug. 16, 2013.

Archie Bradley pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out one, and Hector Neris struck out the side in the ninth to complete the shutout.

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The combined one-hitter was the fewest hits allowed by the Phillies since Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs on July 25, 2015.

Atlanta’s Charlie Morton (0-1) took the loss. He worked five innings and allowed three runs on six hits, recorded five strikeouts and issued two walks. The veteran free-agent signee did not allow a run in three Grapefruit League appearances.

Morton had retired nine straight when the Phillies broke the game open with a three-run, two-out rally in the fifth. Jean Segura singled, took second when Roman Quinn was hit by a pitch and scored when Wheeler slapped a high delivery just past Atlanta second baseman Ozzie Albies. Rhys Hoskins followed by placing an opposite-field double to left to drive in two runs.

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Wheeler doubled home an insurance run in the sixth inning off reliever Sean Newcomb.

The teams meet again on Sunday to complete the three-game series. Philadelphia hasn’t swept a three-game set against the Braves since March 28-31, 2019.

–Field Level Media