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Cincinnati at Philadelphia

Venue: Citizens Bank Park
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The Philadelphia Phillies' pitching staff includes established stars like former World Series MVP Cole Hamels and Cy Young Award winners Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay, but arguably the team's most consistent starter has never won more than 11 games in his career.

Kyle Kendrick looks to win a fifth straight decision while helping Philadelphia to its fifth victory in six tries as it hosts the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

The Phillies' starting rotation has posted a 4.16 ERA as Hamels (1-6, 4.61 ERA) has gotten off to a slow start along with Halladay (2-4, 8.65), who had arthroscopic shoulder surgery this week and isn't expected to throw again for nearly two months.

Though Lee pitched seven solid innings and lowered his ERA to 2.83 as the Phillies (20-22) beat the Reds 5-3 on Friday, it's been Kendrick (4-1, 2.47) who has shined the most.

Kendrick has posted a 1.84 ERA in seven outings since losing his first start of the season, highlighted by a three-hit shutout over the New York Mets on April 26. The right-hander has allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings in each of his last two starts, beating San Francisco 6-2 on May 7 before Philadelphia's 4-2, 10-inning win over Arizona on Sunday.

The last time the Phillies lost when Kendrick started was April 16, when he allowed only two hits in seven shutout innings before Jay Bruce's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave Cincinnati a 1-0 victory.

Kendrick has a 1.37 ERA in his last three starts versus the Reds but no victories to show for it, getting three runs of support over 19 2-3 innings.

Philadelphia, which was outscored 16-4 during a three-game sweep in Cincinnati from April 15-17, had enough offense in a 5-3 win Friday as Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer to help end the Reds' six-game winning streak.

Rollins, batting .118 (2 for 17) over his last five versus Cincinnati, hit only the third home run in the last six games for the Phillies as they've manufactured runs in other ways during their hot stretch.

"When you talk about playing small ball, you have to have the talent," manager Charlie Manuel said.

Bruce and Joey Votto homered Friday for the Reds (25-17), who lost for just the third time in 13 games. They'll send Bronson Arroyo to the mound Saturday as he seeks his third straight victory over the Phillies.

Arroyo (3-4, 3.76) scattered five hits in 6 2-3 scoreless innings of a 5-1 win over Milwaukee on Sunday, ending a three-start losing streak during which he posted a 5.50 ERA.

"I didn't have a whole lot of stuff," said Arroyo, who was feeling ill during his last outing. "I was grinding from the first inning on. I knew I was getting away with pitches that I normally wouldn't. Luckily, they were beating them into the ground."

The right-hander had not won since giving up two runs in eight innings of a 4-2 win over Philadelphia on April 15. Arroyo had the same stat line to beat the Phillies 3-2 on Aug. 22 in his previous start against them, ending a six-start regular-season skid versus Philadelphia.

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Probable Starters

Bronson Arroyo, RHP
2013 stats
52.2 Innings Pitched 54.2
3-4 Wins-Losses 4-1
3.76 Earned Run Average 2.47
8 Walks 10
30 Strikeouts 39
90 Pitches Per Start 100
Career vs. opponent
63.0 Innings Pitched 43.0
3-7 Wins-Losses 3-2
6.00 Earned Run Average 4.19

Kyle Kendrick, RHP
Weather
weather image  Light showers. Cloudy. Mild.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
72°F58°F10mph/SE51%57%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Cincinnati4th NL Central5454.5005 ½ 3-7 W 1
Philadelphia5th NL East4861.44011 ½ 5-5 W 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Kyle Kendrick
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Hanigan43000.750
Choo52210.400
Bruce145202.357
Latos31000.333
Hannahan31000.333
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Bronson Arroyo
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Frandsen42000.500
Brown84100.500
Hamels42001.500
Ruiz52020.400
Utley176211.353
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Cincinnati -105 Philadelphia -105
Injuries
Cincinnati
PlayerInjury
T. BellElbow
S. MarshallShoulder
L. OndrusekShoulder
M. ParraBack
B. PhillipsThumb
J. VottoQuadriceps
Philadelphia
PlayerInjury
M. AdamsShoulder
C. LeeElbow
J. MayberryWrist
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
May 2PHIWAS 5-3Blevins Adams 
May 3PHIPHI 7-2Burnett Roark 
May 4PHIPHI 1-0Hernandez Gonzalez 
Jun 3WASWAS 7-0Zimmermann Buchanan 
Jun 4WASWAS 8-4Strasburg Burnett 
Jun 5WASWAS 4-2Fister Kendrick 
Jul 11PHIPHI 6-2Burnett Zimmermann 
Jul 12PHIWAS 5-3Detwiler Diekman 
Jul 13PHIWAS 10-3Roark Kendrick 
Jul 31WASPHI 10-4  
Aug 1WAS 7:05 PM EDT  
Aug 2WAS 7:05 PM EDT  
Aug 3WAS 1:35 PM EDT  
Aug 25PHI 7:05 PM EDT  
Aug 26PHI 7:05 PM EDT  
Aug 27PHI 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 5WAS 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 6WAS 4:05 PM EDT  
Sep 7WAS 1:35 PM EDT