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Kendrick takes one for team, but still hurls Phillies to win over Marlins

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MIAMI -- Kyle Kendrick was hit hard only when he batted.

The Philadelphia right-hander took a fastball off his right arm trying to bunt in the second inning, but he still pitched seven innings, and the Phillies extended their winning streak to a season-best six games by beating Florida 9-2 Friday night.

The Phillies climbed 10 games above .500 for the first time. They were coming off a four-game sweep of NL East-leading New York, and they kept the momentum going by taking a 6-0 lead in the third inning.

Philadelphia remained two behind the Mets, who beat Atlanta 7-1.

"Every game is going to be huge down the stretch -- every pitch, every at-bat," said Kendrick, who became the first NL rookie to win eight games. "I'm going to keep doing what I've been doing and not change anything. We're in the hunt. Every game is fun. It's awesome."

The last-place Marlins, by contrast, lost for the 14th time in their past 16 games.

"It's hard to play four, five, six runs down every night," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Kendrick (8-3) allowed six hits and two runs to win his third start in a row, but he briefly feared his night would be a short one. He shouted angrily after being hit by a 1-0 pitch from Sergio Mitre.

"I reacted the way I did because it scared me," Kendrick said. "I never got hit in the arm. It was like a Charley Horse. My arm went a little numb, like somebody punched me. It was all right."

Kendrick was still rubbing his arm standing on second base later in the inning, but he scored and stayed in the game.

"It had no effect on him," teammate Jimmy Rollins said. "He was able to do his thing."

The injury-plagued Phillies were relieved the rookie wasn't seriously hurt. Ace Cole Hamels' return to the rotation was postponed at least a week Friday because of a lingering elbow strain, and right-hander Freddy Garcia had season-ending shoulder surgery Thursday.

Kendrick struck out four, walked one and induced double play grounders to end the first three innings.

"Same old Kendrick," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He kept his poise and battled them. He's a pitcher. He doesn't strike a lot of guys out but he knows how to pitch and he doesn't give in."

Chase Utley drove in three runs and reached base four times. Rollins and Jayson Werth had three hits each, and Pat Burrell drove in runs with a groundout and a sacrifice fly.

The Phillies' Kane Davis, called up before the game from Triple-A Ottawa, pitched two scoreless innings in his first major league appearance since Sept. 30, 2005.

Mitre (5-8) gave up seven hits and six runs in 3 1/3 innings. He has an 8.86 ERA in his past eight starts.

"Obviously I'm not doing what I was in the first half," Mitre said. "It's showing."

Even before the Marlins' free fall began, they were last in the NL in attendance. The Phillies, who played before big crowds at home the past 10 days, found themselves beginning a trip with perhaps 10,000 fans in the stands.

"The atmosphere obviously is not like back home, but the game is huge, and you could see the guys with the same intensity as back home," Kendrick said.

It showed at the plate. Rollins doubled to start the game and later scored on Burrell's groundout.

The Phillies added four runs in the second, when Mitre tied a major league record for one inning by hitting three batters. That included Utley with the bases loaded.

Carlos Ruiz and Rollins had RBI singles, and Burrell's fly ball scored another run.

Aaron Rowand doubled in the third and scored on Werth's single to make it 6-0.

Florida scored in the fourth on an RBI double by Miguel Cabrera -- only his seventh hit in the past 49 at-bats. Hanley Ramirez doubled in the sixth, stole third and came home on a fielder's choice.

Notes

  • Marlins LF Josh Willingham left the game in the third inning with a stiff back. He said he hopes to play Saturday.
  • 2B Dan Uggla jammed his right hand and had it bandaged after the game, but he said he was fine.
  • Burrell went 0-for-3, ending his streak of reaching base at 28 consecutive starts.
 
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A pitch by Sergio Mitre hits Kyle Kendrick in his throwing arm, but the hurler stays in the game. (AP)
A pitch by Sergio Mitre hits Kyle Kendrick in his throwing arm, but the hurler stays in the game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

K. Kendrick
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 1
K 4
Philadelphia

J. Rollins
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4231102 .296
Chase Utley, 2B3023101 .341
Pat Burrell, LF3002003 .268
    Abraham Nunez, 3B1000011 .240
Ryan Howard, 1B5000032 .270
Aaron Rowand, CF3210110 .310
Greg Dobbs, 3B3000002 .275
   a- Shane Victorino, PH-RF2000012 .287
Jayson Werth, RF-LF4131000 .326
Carlos Ruiz, C3211102 .261
Kyle Kendrick, P2100001 .156
   b- Wes Helms, PH0100100 .249
    Kane Davis, P0000000 .000
Totals33910856  
a-struck out for Dobbs in the 7th
b-walked for Kendrick in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (34, Mitre), Aaron Rowand (36, Mitre)
SF - Pat Burrell (7)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (76), Chase Utley 3 (88), Pat Burrell 2 (79), Jayson Werth (29), Carlos Ruiz (45)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Utley 2 (33)
SB - Chase Utley (8, 3rd base off Tankersley/Olivo)
CS - Jimmy Rollins (6, 2nd base by Mitre/Olivo)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Howard, Rollins-Utley-Howard, Rollins-Utley-Howard
E - Abraham Nunez (9, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Kyle Kendrick (W,8-3) 7622140 3.79
Kane Davis 2300010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 101-65, Kane Davis 34-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 9-5, Kane Davis 3-3
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 25, Kane Davis 10
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4110002 .330
Dan Uggla, 2B3110112 .251
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4011011 .315
Mike Jacobs, 1B4000001 .262
Josh Willingham, LF1010000 .273
    Cody Ross, LF3010011 .309
Jeremy Hermida, RF4010003 .284
Miguel Olivo, C4010011 .238
Alfredo Amezaga, CF4020003 .264
Sergio Mitre, P1000001 .083
    Daniel Barone, P1000010 .143
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
   a- Todd Linden, PH1000001 .224
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Totals3429115  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Miller in the 8th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (39, Kendrick), Dan Uggla (43, Kendrick), Miguel Cabrera (34, Kendrick)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (93)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (43, 3rd base off Kendrick/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Jacobs, Cabrera-Uggla-Jacobs
E - Miguel Olivo (11, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Sergio Mitre (L,5-8) 3.1766110 4.57
Daniel Barone 3210120 6.45
Taylor Tankersley 0.2000120 4.69
Justin Miller 1122210 3.86
Matt Lindstrom 1000000 3.20
IBB - Rowand by Taylor Tankersley
HBP - Rowand (by Sergio Mitre), Kendrick (by Sergio Mitre), Utley (by Sergio Mitre)
WP - Justin Miller (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Sergio Mitre 72-43, Daniel Barone 42-24, Taylor Tankersley 16-8, Justin Miller 35-19, Matt Lindstrom 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sergio Mitre 4-4, Daniel Barone 3-2, Matt Lindstrom 3-0
Batters Faced - Sergio Mitre 20, Daniel Barone 10, Taylor Tankersley 3, Justin Miller 6, Matt Lindstrom 3
Game Information
Attendance - 15231
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Brian Gorman