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Braves Handle Kendrick, Clobber Phils

After a disappointing west coast swing last week, the Phillies finished the road trip with a series win at PNC Park, something they had not done since 2008. They came home to a 10 home stand that includes the likes of the division leading Braves and Washington Nationals.

This might just be their last chance to get back into the division with the trade deadline looming in just 25 days. They opened the home stand Friday with a win over the Braves, tonight was a different story.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phils, and it was rough from the get go.  He would allow two home runs in the first two innings. A solo homer by Andrelton Simmons and a two run bomb from Dan Uggla made it 3-0 Atlanta after two.

The Phillies got a run back in the in the third on single by Jimmy Rollins that plated Ben Revere, making the score 3-1. From there it was all Bravos. They would score again in the fourth, twice in the fifth, twice in the seventh, again in the eighth and once more in the ninth. By the bottom of the ninth it was 13-2 Atlanta

Kendrick gave up six earned runs on 12 hits in five innings of work. His replacements fared no better, as Joe Savery allowed four runs, though none were earned, on two hits and two walks in two innings pitched. Phillippe Aumont gave up a run in the eighth and Jake Diekman allowed two runs on three hits in the ninth.

In the bottom of the ninth the Phils mounted a mini rally, as Domonic Brown reached base on a strikeout, wild pitch. Michael Young then stepped up and hit a two run crank to left field making the score 13-4. Delmon Young followed with a single and the fans were thinking comeback.

The Phils then went down one, two, three and the ballgame was over. The Braves evened the series at a game apiece heading into tomorrow’s rubber match at 1:35. Rooking Jonathon Pettibone gets the call for the Phils, opposed by Kris Medlen for Atlanta.

Before the game the Phillies place Ryan Howard on the disabled list with a sore knee. Darin Ruf was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and scored a run tonight.

Earlier this week, Ruben Amaro, Jr. called Howard a very expensive platoon player. Quite pointed words from top for a guy who just has not been able to get going this year. What’s worse, Howard is immobile, and not just on the base paths. Howard’s contract is one that no team, no matter how desperate for a hitter, would be willing to pay.

For better or worse, the Phillies are stuck with Howard.

Still, with a chance to win the series against the Braves tomorrow and three more against the Nationals to follow, if this team is going to make noise in the division, the time is now.

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