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Vince Velasquez strikes out 16, Phillies beat Padres 3-0

Call him Vinny the K.

Vince Velasquez struck out a career-high 16 in a dominant three-hitter, Ryan Howard homered and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 3-0 Thursday.

"My emotions were running high," Velasquez said. "That was very fun."

Velasquez (2-0) had no walks and extended his scoreless streak to 15 innings with his first shutout in nine career starts. The 23-year-old right-hander, acquired in the trade that sent former closer Ken Giles to Houston, had nine strikeouts in six innings in a 1-0 win at the New York Mets last Saturday.

"He's something else," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "Very...

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