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Biddle rights ship with Fightin Phils
Philly's top prospect fans nine over season-high 7 2/3 innings
05/21/2013 11:59 PM ET
Jesse Biddle has held Eastern League batters to a .140 average this season.
Jesse Biddle has held Eastern League batters to a .140 average this season. (Reading Fightin Phils)

Jesse Biddle got back on track for the Fightin Phils on Tuesday, and in the process, did something he hadn't done in a while -- win.

The Phillies' top prospect allowed three hits and struck out nine over 7 2/3 innings as Double-A Reading blanked Altoona, 3-0.

Biddle (3-3) took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Carlos Paulino singled with two outs. The Pennsylvania native threw 60 of his 109 pitches for strikes while making his longest Eastern League start of the season for the Fightin Phils.

It was the first win in a month for the 21-year-old left-hander. After a red-hot start in which he posted a 1.74 ERA in five May starts, Biddle entered Tuesday's game having allowed eight earned runs in 11 2/3 innings in May. Overall, he sports a 2.50 ERA and is tied with Portland's Brandon Workman for the Eastern League lead with 60 strikeouts.

Biddle battled some command problems, tying a season high by issuing four walks while notching his first home victory of the season.

Mauricio Robles allowed a hit over the final 1 1/3 innings to pick up his second save for Reading.

Zach Collier was 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored while Tyson Gillies hit an RBI double for the Fighin Phils.

Rehabbing Charlie Morton allowed two runs on four hits over 4 2/3 innings, falling to 1-1 for the Curve.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter @RobertEmrich. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs. Comments
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