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Brown & Sizemore Fuel Phils

The Phillies salvaged their Thursday matinee thanks in large part to Cole Hamels. The Phillies’ ace shutdown the Giants, allowing one run and striking out 10. He was the stopper.

Tonight the Phillies needed a winner, enter Kyle Kendrick. Who in his last 30 starts dating back to last June, has the worst earned run average of any starter in baseball.

The righty was staked to an early lead, one that grew as the game went on. The Phillies got two in the first, and another run came in the second went Chase Utley singled home Grady Sizemore from third.

The Phils scored again in the third when Chooch began the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Domonic Brown followed that with a double to put runners on second and third. First baseman Darin Ruf, making his third straight start mind you, hit a sacrifice fly to score Chooch & advance Brown to third. He would score on a single by Cody Asche to give the Phillies a 6-0 lead after three.

Kendrick cruised through five shutout innings with the lead, until the running out of gas in the sixth. He allowed a lead-off double to Aaron Hill, then got one out before walking Miguel Montero. Two batters later Martin Prado singled to load the bases with two outs. Ryne Sandberg pulled Kendrick in favor of Antonio Bastardo.

Alfredo Marte then stepped in to pinch hit, and he went yard for a pinch hit grand slam. Just like that, the lead was cut to 6-4.

Kendrick was charged with three earned runs on six hits and five strikeouts. The Phillies would pad the lead in seventh, starting with lead-off double by Marlon Byrd. Brown then launched a two run shot to right field, making it an 8-4 lead. The Phils would add another, and eventually win this one by a score of 9-4

An offensive outburst was a breath of fresh air for a squad that regularly struggles to score runs. Brown had two hits tonight, and three runs batted in. Sizemore continued his consistent play since being called up, going 3-5 tonight with two runs scored. Marlon Byrd also had two hits and scored a run.

The bullpen was up and down tonight, combining to allow two runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings pitched.

The Phils have now won two in a row, and duel with the Diamondbacks again tomorrow night. Cliff Lee is back on the mound after a rough return to the lineup. He’ll be opposed by Josh Collmenter for Arizona. 7:05 start.

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