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Phillies extend win streak to 9 games behind Zack Wheeler

Phillies extend win streak to 9 games behind Zack Wheeler

Phillies’ winning streak at 9 as Zack Wheeler and bullpen shine originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Phillies had two kinds of momentum on their side Saturday.

Numero uno, obviously, was the eight-game winning streak they carried into the middle contest of a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Numero dos was the man on the pitcher’s mound.

Zack Wheeler continued his recent streak of dominance in leading the habanero-hot Phillies to a 4-0 victory over the Diamondbacks.

The victory was the Phillies’ ninth in a row, matching their longest since the 2011 team won nine straight on its way to a club-record 102 wins. (The team record for most wins in a row is 13, accomplished most recently in 1991.)

Saturday’s win improved manager Rob Thomson to 8-0 since taking over for Joe Girardi when the team was 22-29. At 30-29, the Phils are over .500 for the first time since the season was five days old and they were 3-2.

What an amazing ride this has been with lots of wins, lots of power — the Phils have hit 22 homers during the nine-game winning streak — and plenty of good starting pitching.

“Everything is rolling along pretty good,” Thomson said. “We just have to keep it going.

“We got to .500. Now shoot for five over. Once we get there, shoot for 10 over.”

Wheeler got an early run on a first-inning double by Rhys Hoskins and an RBI single by Nick Castellanos.

An inning later, rookie Bryson Stott clubbed his fourth homer in the last eight games, a two-run shot to right, to give the Phils a 3-0 lead.

Wheeler and the bullpen made it stand up.

“He got ahead, his stuff was good, he was Zack,” Thomson said of Wheeler, who entered the game with a 1.61 ERA in his previous seven starts.

The right-hander continued his dominance with six shutout innings. He gave up two hits, walked none, struck out eight and broke a bunch of bats. All in all, just another good day for Wheeler, who did not accompany the team to Milwaukee during the week as he and his wife, Dominique,…

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