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Kendrick (1-5) allowed six hits over 6 2-3 innings to earn his first win since last Aug. 6, a span of 16 winless starts. His best performance since that skid came against the top offense in the majors. The Rockies are first in runs (262) and batting average (.291), but have been shut out in two straight games.
Kendrick had several strong starts during his losing streak but didn’t get much run support. He also had some poor outings when the offense produced.
“It was tough. It was a grind,” Kendrick said. “I tried to keep games close, pitch deep and give us a chance. Some of those wins and losses are out of your control.”
Jhoulys Chacin (0-4) gave up four runs and seven hits in five-plus innings. He has lost five straight decisions dating to last season.
“I felt fine and my pitches were moving pretty good,” Chacin said.
Mike Adams relieved Kendrick and fanned Troy Tulowitzki with two on to end the seventh in a 4-0 game. Antonio Bastardo and Justin De Fratus finished off the seven-hitter.
The key for Kendrick was getting through the first inning scoreless. He didn’t allow a run in the first for the first time in five starts after giving up nine total runs in the opening frame in his previous four outings.
“I didn’t have my best command, but I made pitches when I needed to,” Kendrick said. “No runs is all that matters.”
Chase Utley got the Phillies going in the fourth by reaching on an infield single with two outs. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored when Howard lined a single to right, snapping Philadelphia’s 15-inning scoreless streak. Howard was 0 for 17 before the hit.
“We got good pitches to hit and we jumped out early,” Howard said. “Our approach was similar. Sometimes when a guy is on, he’s on. You can have a bad day yesterday, but next day is a fresh start.”
The Phillies hustled out a run in the fifth. Domonic Brown walked and sprinted to third on Carlos Ruiz’s single to left. Two outs later, Revere dove headfirst into first base to beat out an infield single and give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.
Kendrick escaped a two-out jam in the sixth, retiring Josh Rutledge on a foul pop to leave runners at second and third.
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