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Zack Wheeler executes a no-hit bid in the eighth inning as Phillies defeat the collapsing White Sox

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zack Wheeler went 7 1/3 innings without a hit, Brandon Marsh homered and the Philadelphia Phillies extended their winning streak to five by beating the struggling Chicago White Sox 9-5 on Saturday night.

Wheeler (1-3) didn’t give up a hit until rookie Korey Lee’s one-out single made a hard grounder to right field that narrowly escaped diving first baseman Bryce Harper. The 33-year-old righthander struck out eight, walked two and gave up no runs while throwing 75 of 106 pitches for strikes.

A night earlier, Philadelphia’s Spence Turnbull didn’t allow a hit until Gavin Sheets’ one-out single in the seventh.

Chicago is hitting a major league-low .190 and extended its worst start to 3-17. The White Sox have lost eight of their last nine games.

Philadelphia at 13-8 moved five games above .500 in April for the first time since 2019.

Wheeler was dominant, allowing only two balls to leave the infield before Lee’s hit. His heaviest hit was probably his first, when Nicky Lopez belted a 10-pitch walk to open the game. That played a big role later when Wheeler’s pitch count stood at 101 at the start of the eighth.

Manager Rob Thomson relieved Seranthony Dominguez after Lee’s goal, and the sellout crowd of 44,546 gave Wheeler a standing ovation as he walked to the dugout.

Marsh’s two-run homer in the second off Michael Soroka (0-3) gave Wheeler plenty of cushion. Trea Turner’s two-run double in the seventh made it 9-0. Chicago scored all their runs in the ninth off Ricardo Pinto.

José Alvarado earned his fourth save after being left with two outs and the bases loaded and eliminating Andrew Benintendi on a groundout on the first pitch.

Nick Castellanos tripled, had two singles and drove in a pair of runs for the Phillies.

Despite his track record, Wheeler has been dominant after agreeing last month to a three-year, $126 million contract spanning 2025-2027. He lowered his ERA to 2.22 and struckout 38 batters, walked seven and gave up 21 hits in 32 1/3 innings spread over five starts.

Before Lee’s single, only Braden Shewmake’s fly ball to right from the sixth and Benintendi’s fly ball to the warning track in center field with one out in the seventh left the infield.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: OF Paul DeJong did not come out to take the field in the fifth inning after being bumped on the left elbow by Wheeler in the top half.

NEXT ONE

Philadelphia goes for the three-game sweep on Sunday afternoon when RHP Aaron Nola (2-1, 3.47) takes the mound against RHP Nick Nastrini (0-1, 3.60).

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