By Mary Cunningham

The Phillies need a stopper, and they are turning to Jeremy Hellickson.

The Phillies are the lowest scoring team in the majors with 2.47 runs per game, and their .211 average is the worst in the NL. They’ve been outscored 35-8 while losing four of their last five games.

They’re turning to Hellickson (1-1, 4.30), who was roughed up in Friday’s 9-1 loss to Washington. The right-hander gave up five runs in the first inning before allowing one more and leaving after three innings. He had allowed two earned runs over 11 2-3 during his first two starts.

“I just didn’t command like I needed to,” Hellickson told MLB’s official website.

He’s won his last two starts against the Mets with a 3.09 ERA, yielding two runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 5-2 road win April 10.