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Zack Wheeler has no-hit bid for 7 1/3 innings as Phillies beat slumping White Sox 9-5

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Zack Wheeler has no-hit bid for 7 1/3 innings as Phillies beat slumping White Sox 9-5
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Zack Wheeler has no-hit bid for 7 1/3 innings as Phillies beat slumping White Sox 9-5

2024-04-21 20:17 Last Updated At:20:30

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zack Wheeler pitched no-hit ball for 7 1/3 innings, 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 on a hard grounder into right field that just eluded diving first baseman Bryce Harper. The 33-year-old right-hander struck out eight, walked two and allowed no runs while throwing 75 of 106 pitches for strikes.

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Philadelphia Phillies' Brandon Marsh rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Soroka during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zack Wheeler pitched no-hit ball for 7 1/3 innings, 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.

Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper follows through after hitting a run-scoring single against Chicago White Sox pitcher Tanner Banks during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper follows through after hitting a run-scoring single against Chicago White Sox pitcher Tanner Banks during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Bryce Harper catches a pop foul out by Chicago White Sox's Korey Lee during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Bryce Harper catches a pop foul out by Chicago White Sox's Korey Lee during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Chicago White Sox's Tanner Banks pitches during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Chicago White Sox's Tanner Banks pitches during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Nick Castellanos dives towards third base after hitting a triple during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Nick Castellanos dives towards third base after hitting a triple during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Johan Rojas catches a fly out by Chicago White Sox's Andrew Benintendi during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Johan Rojas catches a fly out by Chicago White Sox's Andrew Benintendi during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Chicago White Sox second baseman Lenyn Sosa, right, and right fielder Gavin Sheets collide trying to catch a single by Philadelphia Phillies' Johan Rojas during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Chicago White Sox second baseman Lenyn Sosa, right, and right fielder Gavin Sheets collide trying to catch a single by Philadelphia Phillies' Johan Rojas during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Ricardo Pinto wipes his face after being pulled during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Ricardo Pinto wipes his face after being pulled during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jose Alvarado, right, and catcher J.T. Realmuto celebrate after the Phillies won a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jose Alvarado, right, and catcher J.T. Realmuto celebrate after the Phillies won a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Zack Wheeler pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Zack Wheeler pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Zack Wheeler pitches during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Zack Wheeler pitches during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Zack Wheeler walks off the field after being pulled during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Zack Wheeler walks off the field after being pulled during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Manager Rob Thomson said Wheeler's cutoff was 120 pitches, which would have matched his career high, and the right-hander aimed to be more efficient in the later innings.

“I told J.T. I was going to try to get some quicker outs those next couple of innings and try to go for it,” Wheeler said of catcher J.T. Realmuto. “Didn’t happen. At the end of the day, it’s a good start. It was a good day.”

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

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

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

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

“Honestly, I was a little tired after that first at-bat,” Wheeler said. "I figured it was going to be a long day. But I was able to get some good outs after that."

Thomson had Seranthony Dominguez relieve after Lee’s hit.

“I was just trying to get on,” Lee said. “Everyone knew the no-hitter was going on so obviously trying to break it up.”

The pitch to Lee purposely was more hittable than it normally might have been.

“It was a sinker," Wheeler said. “I think it was in, maybe not in enough, but I was trying to get some quick outs right there, so I was trying to get a little more plate with those balls.”

The sellout crowd of 44,546 gave Wheeler a standing ovation as he exited toward the dugout.

“He was great,” Thomson said.

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, extending his streak of games with extra-base hits to seven.

Chicago scored all of its runs in the ninth off Ricardo Pinto.

José Alvarado earned his fourth save, entering with two outs and the bases loaded and retiring Andrew Benintendi on a first-pitch groundout.

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

In spite of his record, Wheeler has been dominant after agreeing last month to a $126 million, three-year contract covering 2025-27. He lowered his ERA to 2.22 and has struck out 38 batters, walked seven and given up 21 hits in 32 1/3 innings over five starts.

Before Lee’s single, only Braden Shewmake’s flyout to right leading off the sixth and Benintendi’s flyout to the center-field warning track with one out in the seventh left the infield.

TRAINER’S ROOM

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

UP NEXT

Philadelphia goes for the three-game sweep 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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Philadelphia Phillies' Brandon Marsh rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Soroka during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Brandon Marsh rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Soroka during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper follows through after hitting a run-scoring single against Chicago White Sox pitcher Tanner Banks during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper follows through after hitting a run-scoring single against Chicago White Sox pitcher Tanner Banks during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Bryce Harper catches a pop foul out by Chicago White Sox's Korey Lee during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Bryce Harper catches a pop foul out by Chicago White Sox's Korey Lee during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Chicago White Sox's Tanner Banks pitches during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Chicago White Sox's Tanner Banks pitches during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Nick Castellanos dives towards third base after hitting a triple during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Nick Castellanos dives towards third base after hitting a triple during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Johan Rojas catches a fly out by Chicago White Sox's Andrew Benintendi during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Johan Rojas catches a fly out by Chicago White Sox's Andrew Benintendi during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Chicago White Sox second baseman Lenyn Sosa, right, and right fielder Gavin Sheets collide trying to catch a single by Philadelphia Phillies' Johan Rojas during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Chicago White Sox second baseman Lenyn Sosa, right, and right fielder Gavin Sheets collide trying to catch a single by Philadelphia Phillies' Johan Rojas during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Ricardo Pinto wipes his face after being pulled during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Ricardo Pinto wipes his face after being pulled during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jose Alvarado, right, and catcher J.T. Realmuto celebrate after the Phillies won a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jose Alvarado, right, and catcher J.T. Realmuto celebrate after the Phillies won a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Zack Wheeler pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Zack Wheeler pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Zack Wheeler pitches during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies' Zack Wheeler pitches during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Zack Wheeler walks off the field after being pulled during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Zack Wheeler walks off the field after being pulled during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PARIS (AP) — The Syrian soldiers came first, at night, for the son, Patrick, a 20-year-old psychology student at Damascus University, and said they were taking him away for questioning.

They came back the next night for his father, Mazen.

Five years later, in 2018, death certificates from Syrian authorities confirmed to the Dabbagh family that the French-Syrian father and son would never come home again.

In a landmark trial, a Paris court will this week seek to determine whether Syrian intelligence officials — the most senior to go on trial in a European court over crimes allegedly committed during the country's civil war — were responsible for their disappearance and deaths.

The four-day hearings, starting Tuesday, are expected to air chilling allegations that President Bashar Assad's government has widely used torture and arbitrary detentions to hold on to power during the conflict, now in its 14th year.

The French trial comes as Assad has been regaining an aura of international respectability, starting to shed his long-time status as a pariah that stemmed from the violence unleashed on his opponents. Human rights groups that are parties to the French case hope it will refocus attention on the alleged atrocities.

Here's a look at those involved:

— Ali Mamlouk, former head of the National Security Bureau overseeing Syrian security and intelligence services. Allegedly worked directly with Assad. Now in his late 70s.

— Jamil Hassan, former Air Force intelligence director. Survivors testifying in the case allege having seen him at a detention center in the capital, Damascus, where the Dabbaghs are thought to have been held. In his early 70s.

— Salam Mahmoud, in his mid-60s, a former investigations official at a Damascus military airport believed to house the detention center. Mahmoud is alleged to have expropriated the Dabbaghs' house after they were taken away.

The three men are accused of provoking crimes against humanity, giving instructions to commit them and allowing subordinates to commit them through the alleged arrest, torture and killing of the father and son. They also are accused of confiscating their house and of putting Air Force intelligence services at the disposal of people who allegedly killed them.

The accused are being tried in absentia. French magistrates issued arrest warrants for them in October 2018, despite acknowledging that there was little likelihood of their extradition to France. Defense lawyers will not represent them and French magistrates determined they don't have diplomatic immunity.

“The three people accused are very senior officials of the Syrian system of repression and torture. This gives a particular tone to this trial. They are not small fish,” said Patrick Baudouin, a lawyer for rights groups involved in the case.

“The legal file is very detailed, full of evidence of systematic, very diverse and absolutely monstrous torture practices," Baudouin said.

Patrick and Mazen Dabbagh had dual French-Syrian nationality, which enabled French magistrates to pursue the case. The probe of their disappearance started in 2015 when Obeida Dabbagh, Mazen's brother, testified to investigators already examining war crimes in Syria.

Obeida Dabbagh lives in France with his wife, Hanane, and is also a party in the case. According to the trial indictment, seen by The Associated Press, he told French investigators that three or four soldiers came for Patrick around 11 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2013, during the height of Arab Spring-inspired anti-government protests that were met by a brutal crackdown. The soldiers identified themselves as members of a Syrian Air Force intelligence branch. Obeida also testified they searched the house, taking cellphones, computers and money.

They came back the next night for Mazen Dabbagh, who was 54 and worked as a counselor at a French high school in Damascus, and also took his new car, the brother said.

Their death certificates said Patrick died Jan. 21, 2014, and Mazen on Nov. 25, 2017, but didn't say how or where.

French investigating magistrates collected evidence from those who deserted the Syrian government and military, and prison survivors as they built the case.

Testifying anonymously, survivors' accounts speak in the indictment of rape and of being denied food and water; of beatings on the feet, knees and elsewhere with whips, cables and truncheons; of electric shocks and burnings with acid or boiling water; of being suspended from the ceiling for hours or days.

Investigators also studied images provided by a Syrian policeman, who anonymously turned over photographs of thousands of torture victims.

Cameras are generally banned from French criminal trials, but this one will be filmed for historical record.

In a separate investigation, French magistrates have also targeted President Assad himself but face questions about whether he benefits from presidential immunity.

Magistrates are investigating chemical weapons' attacks that killed more than 1,000 people and injured thousands of others in the suburbs of Damascus in 2013. They issued international arrest warrants for Assad, his brother Maher Assad, commander of the 4th Armored Division, and two Syrian army generals — Ghassan Abbas and Bassam al-Hassan — for alleged complicity in war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The French probe was opened in 2021 in response to a criminal complaint by attack survivors. The investigation is being conducted under the principle of universal jurisdiction, which argues that in some cases, crimes can be pursued outside the countries where they take place.

The Syrian government and its allies have denied responsibility for the attacks.

The French warrants, very rare for a serving world leader, were seen as a strong signal against Assad’s leadership at a time when some countries have welcomed him back into the diplomatic fold. Victims' lawyers hailed the warrants as “a crucial milestone in the battle against impunity.”

The Paris appeals court is weighing whether Assad has absolute immunity as head of state. French prosecutors asked it to rule on that question at a closed hearing May 15.

That procedure does not impact the warrants for Assad’s brother and the generals.

In March, Swiss prosecutors indicted Rifat Assad, the president’s uncle and a former Syrian vice president, for allegedly ordering murder and torture more than four decades ago to crush an uprising by the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist movement, in the city of Hama, where thousands were killed.

A court in Stockholm put a former Syrian army general who lives in Sweden on trial in April for his alleged role in war crimes in 2012.

Courts in Germany found two former Syrian soldiers guilty in 2021 and 2022 of crimes against humanity. One was sentenced to life imprisonment, the other to 4 1/2 years for complicity. They had claimed refugee status in Germany before former detainees recognized them there. They were tried under the principle of universal jurisdiction.

Surk reported from Nice, France. Associated Press writer Kareem Chehayeb in Beirut contributed to this report.

FILE - In this photo released on Nov. 9, 2019 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks in Damascus, Syria. In a landmark trial, a Paris court will this week seek Tuesday May 21, 2024 to determine whether Syrian intelligence officials were responsible for Patrick and Mazzen Dabbagh's disappearance and deaths. The hearings are expected to air chilling allegations that President Bashar Assad's regime has widely used torture and arbitrary detentions to keep power in Syria's civil war. (SANA via AP, File)

FILE - In this photo released on Nov. 9, 2019 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks in Damascus, Syria. In a landmark trial, a Paris court will this week seek Tuesday May 21, 2024 to determine whether Syrian intelligence officials were responsible for Patrick and Mazzen Dabbagh's disappearance and deaths. The hearings are expected to air chilling allegations that President Bashar Assad's regime has widely used torture and arbitrary detentions to keep power in Syria's civil war. (SANA via AP, File)

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