Jeremy Hellickson took a shutout into the seventh to lead the Durham Bulls in a 4-1 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in Game 1 of the International League championship series.
Hellickson gave up a two-out home run to John Rodriguez in the seventh and left the game. His totals included five hits allowed, one walk and -- departing from recent history -- only six strikeouts. Hellickson had at least nine Ks in five straight starts.
Michel Hernandez hit a two-run single in the sixth to make it 4-0. Henry Mateo scored twice.
Game 2 is Wednesday.