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Phils Fall In Series Finale

The Phillies finished an up and down week on the road with a loss on Sunday at Wrigley Field.

Kyle Kendrick got the start seeking to pull his 2013 record up to .500. He would run into trouble early, as the Cubs went single, walk, single to take a 1-0 lead in the first.

Cubs’ shortstop Starlin Castro led off the third inning with a single, and would eventually score on a double by first baseman Anthony Rizzo, making it 2-0 Chicago.

The Phils got on the board in the top of the fourth when Darin Ruf hit his 12th home run of the season for a solo shot to cut the lead to 2-1. That would be all for the Phillies on the scoreboard. They would also collect just two more hits from that point on. They finished the game with seven men left on base.

Kendrick hit the skids again in the fourth inning when Donnie Murphy led off with a single, followed by a ground rule double from Brian Bogusevic. With runners on second and third and nobody out, Wellington Castillo doubled on a sharp line drive to center field. Both runners scored to make it 4-1.

Castillo would advance to third and score on a sacrifice fly from Darwin Barney, pushing the lead up to 5-1. They would add two more runs and eventually win 7-1.

All told, Kendrick went six innings and allowed five runs on eight hits. He did put his team in a hole early, but got no run support.

The Phillies finished the week’s road trip 3-3 after splitting a four game series with the Mets at Citi Field.

They’re right back at it tomorrow night when they take on the Nationals at the Bank. It’s a quite a pitching matchup on Labor Day, as Cole Hamels will oppose Nats’ flamethrower Stephen Strasburg.

First pitch slated for 7:05.

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