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Kyle Kendrick took the mound tonight at Citizens Bank Park still searching for his first win of the season. His earned run average for the year is a respectable 3.96. He turned in a quality start tonight against the Cincinnati Reds, but his offense would keep him on the losing end of the score.

With Ben Revere out with a stomach virus, manager Ryne Sandberg plugged Jimmy Rollins into the lead-off spot for the first time this season. John Mayberry, Jr. got the start in center for the Phils, losers of three straight coming into tonight.

The results were more of the same.

Kendrick struggled early, putting the Reds on the board in the first inning. He allowed back to back singles to Billy Hamilton and Skip Schumaker to start the game. After retiring the next two batters, Devin Mesoraco went deep to left field for a three run home run and a 3-0 Reds’ lead.

The Phillies would have runners at second and third in the bottom of the first, but failed to score. They had men in scoring position again in the sixth inning, but failed to bring them home.

Reds’ starter, and former Phil Alfredo Simon went 7.2 shutout innings tonight, struck out eight and allowed just five hits. The Phillies had six on the evening. Cincinnati pitching combined for 11 strikeouts, sending the Phillies to their fourth straight loss.

Kendrick was solid after the first inning, going seven innings and allowing all three runs on just four hits. His offense did him no favors, going 0-8 with runners in scoring position.

The loss dropped the Phillies to 17-22 on the year, good for last place in the National League East. They will attempt to rebound tomorrow night when Cole Hamels takes the mound, in search of his first win in 2014. He’ll be opposed by Homer Bailey for the Reds.

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