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Phils shut out Marlins, restore NL East lead to 2 1/2 games

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PHILADELPHIA -- Kyle Kendrick doesn't have overpowering stuff and he doesn't light up the radar gun. Somehow he keeps finding ways to win.

Kendrick pitched six scoreless innings, Ryan Howard homered and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Florida Marlins 5-0 on Wednesday night.

The NL East-leading Phillies moved 2½ games up on Florida and three ahead of the New York Mets.

Kendrick (10-5) allowed four hits and pitched around five walks to win at home for the first time since beating Cincinnati on June 2.

"You get in those situations (with runners on) and you have to make your pitches," Kendrick said. "I don't want to get beat. Maybe I make better pitches."

Kendrick matched his win total from his rookie year when he came from nowhere last season and bailed out a depleted staff to help the Phillies win the division.

"Every team needs a guy like him," catcher Chris Coste said. "You're not going to have five Cole Hamels. He pitches differently. He's a pure sinkerballer. It's good to have a guy like that on your staff."

Chad Durbin tossed two scoreless innings, and Ryan Madson completed the five-hitter.

Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez (1-1) gave up four runs -- three earned -- and five hits in five innings in his second start since returning from shoulder surgery.

Sanchez won 10 games and threw a no-hitter as a rookie in 2006, then missed most of last season after having surgery in June to repair a torn labrum.

"He got better as the game went on," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It was a tough decision to pinch-hit for him."

Howard drove one out to left-center to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead in the third. He is tied with Adam Dunn for the major league lead with 32 home runs.

Howard barely missed hitting another opposite-field shot in the fifth. His liner to left hit the top of the wall and he had to hustle to get a double, diving headfirst into second base.

The Phillies scored in each of the first three innings against Sanchez. Chase Utley's RBI double in the first made it 1-0. Shane Victorino walked with one out and scored when Utley ripped a liner to right-center.

Geoff Jenkins reached on Sanchez's fielding error to start Philadelphia's second and Coste was hit by a pitch. Eric Bruntlett's double down the left-field line scored Jenkins. Coste scored on Kendrick's groundout to shortstop for a 3-0 lead.

Pinch-hitter Mike Cervenak bounced a single to left for his first major league hit and RBI, giving the Phillies a 5-0 lead in the sixth.

The Marlins stranded 10 runners, including eight over the first four innings. They had only one fly out against the sinkerball-throwing Kendrick.

"The guy threw good tonight," first baseman Mike Jacobs said. "He had his sinker working. We hit some balls hard."

Notes

  • Phillies setup man Tom Gordon left his rehab appearance for Class A Clearwater with discomfort in his right elbow. He'll be examined by the team physician on Thursday.
  • Utley extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • The Marlins activated C Matt Treanor from the disabled list and optioned C Paul Hoover to Triple-A Albuquerque.
  • Florida 3B Jorge Cantu was 0-for-3 with a walk, which snapped a 13-game hitting streak.
 
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Mike Jacobs and the Marlins tumble down the NL East standings after coming up empty vs. the Phils.  (AP)
Mike Jacobs and the Marlins tumble down the NL East standings after coming up empty vs. the Phils. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Philadelphia

K. Kendrick
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 5
K 4
 

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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5010030 .294
Jeremy Hermida, RF3010113 .261
Jorge Cantu, 3B3000100 .290
Josh Willingham, LF4000013 .270
Dan Uggla, 2B4000002 .267
Mike Jacobs, 1B4010010 .243
Cody Ross, CF4010011 .248
John Baker, C2010200 .254
Anibal Sanchez, P1000102 .000
   a- Luis Gonzalez, PH1000001 .258
    Doug Waechter, P0000000 .167
    Mark Hendrickson, P0000000 .265
   b- Alfredo Amezaga, PH1000000 .269
Totals3205057  
a-popped out for Sanchez in the 6th
b-grounded out for Hendrickson in the 9th
Batting
2B - John Baker (3, Kendrick)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Anibal Sanchez (1, Misplayed grounder), Dan Uggla (8, Missed catch of throw)
Florida Marlins
Anibal Sanchez (L,1-1) 5543321 4.22
Doug Waechter 0.1311010 3.51
Mark Hendrickson 2.2100210 5.80
IBB - Jenkins by Anibal Sanchez, Bruntlett by Mark Hendrickson
HBP - Coste (by Anibal Sanchez)
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 81-49, Doug Waechter 14-10, Mark Hendrickson 44-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 6-8, Mark Hendrickson 3-4
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 25, Doug Waechter 4, Mark Hendrickson 11
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4020100 .269
Shane Victorino, CF4100115 .285
Chase Utley, 2B4011114 .292
Ryan Howard, 1B5121014 .244
Pat Burrell, LF4000002 .275
    Jayson Werth, LF0000000 .265
Geoff Jenkins, RF3100110 .241
Chris Coste, C3110002 .278
Eric Bruntlett, 3B3121100 .231
Kyle Kendrick, P2001000 .119
   a- Mike Cervenak, PH1011000 .333
    Chad Durbin, P1000002 .143
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
Totals3459554  
a-singled for Kendrick in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (26, Waechter), Chase Utley (30, Sanchez), Ryan Howard (14, Sanchez), Chris Coste (15, Hendrickson), Eric Bruntlett (7, Sanchez)
HR - Ryan Howard (32, Sanchez)
RBI - Chase Utley (78), Ryan Howard (97), Eric Bruntlett (13), Kyle Kendrick (2), Mike Cervenak (1)
SB - Eric Bruntlett (9, 3rd base off Waechter/Baker)
Team LOB - 11
Philadelphia Phillies
Kyle Kendrick (W,10-5) 6400540 4.37
Chad Durbin 2100020 1.71
Ryan Madson 1000010 3.39
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 106-61, Chad Durbin 23-17, Ryan Madson 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 8-6, Chad Durbin 3-1, Ryan Madson 2-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 27, Chad Durbin 7, Ryan Madson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45078
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Ron Kulpa