DURHAM — Jeremy Hellickson gave up one hit in eight innings as the Durham Bulls shut out the Gwinnett Braves 4-0 on Sunday, tying the Bulls' season-best seven-game winning streak.
Hellickson (5-1) gave up two walks while striking out a career-high 12. It was the third straight outing in which the 22-year-old right-hander has had 10 or more strikeouts. In his past three games, covering 20 innings, he has given up seven hits, four earned runs and five walks and has struck out 32.
The Bulls scored in the first when Fernando Perez doubled and went home on Joe Dillon's sacrifice fly. They added two in the third on an RBI double by Jon Weber and a bases-loaded walk to Matt Joyce. Elliot Johnson added an RBI single in the sixth.
Dale Thayer pitched the ninth for the Bulls, who lead Gwinnett by two games in the International League South Division.