CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies right-hander Roberto Hernandez must hope Thursday is just a taste of things to come.
Hernandez started with five perfect innings in a 6-2 victory over the Yankees in a Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field. Ten of his 15 outs came on ground balls. He also struck out two batters to give him a 2.03 ERA in three Spring Training starts.
"It feels great," Hernandez said. "Didn't try to overthrow, kept the ball down, making ground balls. That's what I want to do, keep the ball down."
Yankees second baseman Scott Sizemore broke up the perfect game with a single to start the top of the sixth inning, and Hernandez was then relieved by Jeremy Horst.
The Phillies have been struggling this spring, but they strung together a few hits against the Yankees. After leaving runners in scoring position in the first and second innings, five singles and one double led to three runs in the third inning against Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova to give the Phillies a three-run lead.
Ben Revere, Chase Utley, Marlon Byrd, Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown each singled in the third inning. Darin Ruf doubled down the left-field line, but Brown was thrown out at the plate trying to score.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.