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Kendrick remains perfect at home, Phils edge Dodgers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies' playoff push will go on without ace Cole Hamels.

Aaron Rowand hit a go-ahead homer and Kyle Kendrick remained unbeaten at home, leading Philadelphia to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

The Phillies won the opener of a 10-game homestand that also includes visits by San Diego and the NL East-leading Mets. Philadelphia also moved into a tie with the Padres for the wild-card lead.

But the win was tempered by the news that Hamels has a mild left elbow strain and could miss his next two starts, including Wednesday night's outing against the Dodgers. Hamels will have an MRI exam Wednesday and might miss up to three weeks depending on the results, team doctor Michael Ciccotti said.

"Every time you turn around, someone else is getting hurt," said Phillies closer Brett Myers, who earned his 12th save.

Myers, Tom Gordon, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Freddy Garcia, Adam Eaton and Jon Lieber are only some of the key Phillies who have spent considerable time on the disabled list this year. Even with three-fifths of their expected rotation out, and the middle of the lineup in flux, manager Charlie Manuel has found a way to keep the Phillies in the playoff hunt.

"We have heart, man," Myers said. "This team's got that edge. Teams that have been here the last four years really haven't had that edge. The will to win is here more than it has been in the past."

The Phillies could have Utley back in the lineup for the New York series. Utley took some practice cuts for the first time since his right hand was hit by a pitch nearly a month ago and could be ready by the weekend for a short rehab assignment.

With Garcia, Eaton and Lieber all on the DL, the Phillies were forced to use a patchwork rotation anchored by Hamels and veteran lefty Jamie Moyer. Kendrick (6-3) has been a nice surprise since he was called up in mid-June, and this start was no exception.

He allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings to earn his first win since July 29 and improve to 5-0 with a 3.46 ERA in eight home starts.

J.C. Romero and Gordon held the lead, and Myers worked a perfect ninth.

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins, one of the few Phillies this season who hasn't spent time on the disabled list, had his left knee wrapped in ice after the game because of tendinitis. He said it wasn't serious.

"It's something that's been going on all year," Howard said about the injuries. "We've been through it so many times. We keep getting people who step up."

James Loney and Russell Martin homered on an unseasonably chilly night for the Dodgers, who trail Philadelphia and two other teams in the wild-card race.

"Kendrick kept competing and he hung in long enough to get a win," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "That's all you can ask for from any pitcher."

The Dodgers staked Brett Tomko (2-11) to a 3-0 lead after two innings. Andre Ethier and Luis Gonzalez each had run-scoring hits in the first, and Martin led off the second with his 15th home run.

Martin became the first catcher since Ivan Rodriguez in 1999 with 15 homers and 20 stolen bases.

Kendrick settled down from there and the highest-scoring offense in the National League got going against Tomko, winless since July 15.

Carlos Ruiz hit an RBI double into the left-field corner and Rollins added a sacrifice fly in the third that made it 3-2. Rowand's two-run shot in the fourth, his 21st, put the Phillies ahead 4-3.

Pat Burrell walked with the bases loaded in the fifth for a 5-3 lead, chasing Tomko, who gave up five runs in four-plus innings. He jawed with plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth on the mound for a few moments before trudging back to the dugout.

"In my eyes, one of those pitches was a strike, but he called them balls," Tomko said. "But it's still my job to get them out."

Loney homered off Kendrick leading off the seventh.

Notes

  • Howard got a good jump off Rudy Seanez in the seventh and got his first career stolen base. Howard asked for the base after the game.
  • Ciccotti said outfielder Shane Victorino (calf) could rejoin the team on Wednesday; OF Michael Bourn (ankle) might be back in two to three weeks; LHP Mike Zagurski (hamstring) is likely out for the season; RHP Ryan Madson (shoulder) might return for the final week; and Eaton (shoulder) will throw in a bullpen session Wednesday.
 
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Ryan Howard (R) congratulates Aaron Rowand after the center fielder hits a two-run HR.  (US Presswire)
Ryan Howard (R) congratulates Aaron Rowand after the center fielder hits a two-run HR. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

A. Rowand
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Los Angeles

R. Martin
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS3110100 .274
Juan Pierre, CF3010001 .288
Andre Ethier, RF3111100 .295
Jeff Kent, 2B4000002 .284
Luis Gonzalez, LF3011100 .278
Russell Martin, C3111002 .292
James Loney, 1B4111001 .305
Shea Hillenbrand, 3B4010011 .257
Brett Tomko, P2000000 .000
    Mark Hendrickson, P0000000 .038
   a- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000000 .186
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Totals3047431  
a-flied out for Hendrickson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (17, Kendrick), Andre Ethier (26, Kendrick)
HR - Russell Martin (15, Kendrick), James Loney (6, Kendrick)
SH - Juan Pierre (16)
RBI - Andre Ethier (49), Luis Gonzalez (54), Russell Martin (72), James Loney (27)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Gonzalez (19)
CS - Luis Gonzalez (1, 2nd base by Kendrick/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Kent-Furcal-Loney
E - Shea Hillenbrand (2, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brett Tomko (L,2-11) 4654311 5.80
Mark Hendrickson 2100010 5.09
Rudy Seanez 1100000 3.50
Jonathan Broxton 1100020 2.24
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Tomko 67-39, Mark Hendrickson 31-23, Rudy Seanez 18-10, Jonathan Broxton 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Tomko 7-4, Mark Hendrickson 2-3, Rudy Seanez 1-2, Jonathan Broxton 1-0
Batters Faced - Brett Tomko 21, Mark Hendrickson 7, Rudy Seanez 4, Jonathan Broxton 4
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS3011001 .290
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B2000100 .266
Pat Burrell, LF3001111 .264
    Chris Roberson, RF0000000 .250
Ryan Howard, 1B4120003 .260
Aaron Rowand, CF4112014 .306
Greg Dobbs, 3B2000000 .290
   a- Wes Helms, PH-3B1000003 .250
    Abraham Nunez, 3B1000000 .244
Jayson Werth, RF-LF3120110 .264
Carlos Ruiz, C4121002 .267
Kyle Kendrick, P1110000 .185
    Jose Mesa, P0000000 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Tom Gordon, P0000000 .000
   b- Russell Branyan, PH1000011 .203
    Brett Myers, P0000000 .000
Totals2959534  
a-flied out for Dobbs in the 5th
b-struck out for Gordon in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Howard (19, Tomko), Carlos Ruiz 2 (26, Tomko, Broxton)
HR - Aaron Rowand (21, Tomko)
SF - Jimmy Rollins (6)
SH - Tadahito Iguchi (2), Kyle Kendrick 2 (2)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (72), Pat Burrell (67), Aaron Rowand 2 (70), Carlos Ruiz (43)
SB - Ryan Howard (1, 2nd base off Seanez/Martin)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jayson Werth 2
Philadelphia Phillies
Kyle Kendrick (W,6-3) 6.2744202 4.06
Jose Mesa0000100 5.77
J.C. Romero (H,12) 0.1000000 2.48
Tom Gordon (H,6) 1000000 4.50
Brett Myers (S,12) 1000010 4.82
HBP - Martin (by Kyle Kendrick)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 101-63, Jose Mesa 6-2, J.C. Romero 3-2, Tom Gordon 12-8, Brett Myers 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 7-10, J.C. Romero 1-0, Tom Gordon 2-1, Brett Myers 1-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 27, Jose Mesa 1, J.C. Romero 1, Tom Gordon 3, Brett Myers 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35326
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Paul Schrieber