Velasquez trying to stay focused on pitching, not trade talk

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Vince Velasquez is tired of answering questions about a potential trade.
 
   He was the central player Philadelphia acquired when closer Ken Giles was dealt to Houston last December, so it might be surprising if he's on the move again.
 
   "If they trade me, they trade me," Velasquez said. "I can't do anything about it. The only thing I can do is pitch."
 
   Velasquez gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings Friday night in the Phillies' 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
 
   Velasquez (8-3) made 30 pitches in the third inning alone.
 
   "I kind of started to get hit around, throwing extra pitches, more pitches than I should have," he said. "It was just downhill from there. Something like that -- two runs -- I give myself pretty much credit because it could have really got out of hand."
 
   Tyrell Jenkins earned his first career victory, pitching six innings for the Braves.
 
   Jenkins, acquired in the November 2014 trade that sent Jason Heyward to St. Louis, began the game with a 6.43 ERA and 26 baserunners allowed in his first three career starts, a span of 14 innings.
 
   Jenkins (1-2) did a lot better against the Phillies, allowing one unearned run on four hits and four walks. He struck out four.
 
   Pitching exclusively from the stretch, Jenkins struggled with his command in the fourth, walking two and loading the bases with two outs, but Odubel Herrera swung at the first pitch and popped up.
 
   Phillies manager Pete Mackanin described Jenkins as "effectively wild," but credited him for mixing in secondary pitches like his changeup.
 
   "We knew that he walked people, but you can't sit on any pitch because he doesn't locate consistently," Mackanin said. "It can be tough."
 
   Jim Johnson, the fourth Atlanta pitcher, earned his fifth save in eight chances.
 
   Nick Markakis went 3 for 3 with two doubles for the Braves. He and Gordon Beckham had RBI singles in the third.
 
   Philadelphia went up 1-0 in the third. Cesar Hernandez scored from first base when left fielder Jace Peterson bobbled Herrera's single.
 
   The Phillies went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and are hitting .145 in those situations in the last eight games.
 
   Velasquez sounded comfortable in not knowing if his next start will be for Philadelphia or another team. 
 
   "That's in the future," he said. "I'm in the present right now. I can only control the things that I can control. I can control the loss today, make the best of it, move on tomorrow."
 
   UP NEXT
 
   Phillies: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (7-7) is 1-0 in his last two starts, giving up one run in 14 innings. 
 
   Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (3-8) is 6-3 with a 2.29 ERA in 11 career starts and one relief appearance against Philadelphia.
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