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Kendrick Leads Phils to Win

2014 has been a year to forget for the Philadelphia Phillies.

It’s also been a dismal season for one Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick came into tonight with a 9-13 record and an earned run average close to five. His biggest struggle has been allowing first inning runs. Kendrick frequently put his team behind the eight ball before they even got a chance to hit.

Tonight Kendrick showed flashes of his rookie year, with quick innings and a low pitch count. He also helped his own cause, going 3-3 at the dish, including an RBI double to break a scoreless tie in the seventh inning.

He would then allow the only run scored by the Marlins on the night, but his offense got him off the hook. He went seven innings, allowing the one run on six hits.

The Phillies went ahead for good in the top of the eighth, starting with a single by Maikel Franco. After Ryan Howard walked, Marlon Byrd singled Franco home for a 2-1 lead, and put Kendrick back in line for the win.

Jonathan Papelbon came on in the ninth, fresh off his recent suspension, and earned his 38th save of the season.

Kendrick’s 2014 record improved to 10-13, and his ERA is now 4.61.

The Phillies out-hit the Marlins 9-7, but did leave 10 men on base and went a miserable 1-10 with runners in scoring position.

The Phils finish this series with Miami tomorrow when David Buchanan takes on Tom Koehler. First pitch is at a rather unusual 4:05 pm.

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