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|Philadelphia (69-59) «||0||0||0||2||1||4||1||0||x||8||10||0|
Kendrick allowed the lone run on three hits while striking out three and walking two in 5 2/3 innings, spoiling Maddux's first start in his return to the Dodgers and leaving him stuck on 353 wins, one shy of tying Roger Clemens for eighth on the career list.
Philadelphia snapped a six-game losing streak to Los Angeles and remained 2½ games behind the New York Mets in the NL East.
"It was exciting," Kendrick said of his meeting with Maddux in San Diego, which was set up by teammate Jamie Moyer. "He had advice for how he deals with struggles and the mental side. It was nice the way he put things. I told him I can be afraid of contact, and he said, 'I'm afraid of contact, too."'
In that case, the Phillies must have been a nightmare.
Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Chris Coste each homered as they pounded Maddux for seven runs and nine hits in just 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander, acquired Tuesday from the Padres, allowed more than nine hits only three times in 26 starts with San Diego.
"They weren't going after bad pitches and were hitting strikes. This is a good lineup," Maddux said. "I couldn't keep the ball in the park. You have to keep the ball in the ballpark no matter where you pitch. When you give up five runs on two swings, it's hard to win like that."
Howard opened the scoring against Maddux, hitting an opposite-field shot for his 34th home run and giving the Phillies a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. Howard had entered the at-bat 3-for-36 with 18 strikeouts and just one homer in his last 14 games.
"It was a two-seamer that ran down and away and I just went with it and was able to get good wood on it," Howard said.
"Actually it wasn't a bad pitch," Maddux said, "he's just so gosh-darn strong."
The Phillies did most of their damage, though, in the sixth inning, when they scored four runs and knocked Maddux (6-10) out of the game. Coste capped the scoring with a three-run homer to left field as the Phillies' slumbering offense tallied its most runs this month.
Philadelphia entered Friday night with 61 runs in its 19 games (3.1 per contest), and hadn't scored more than seven runs since July 31.
Kendrick, meanwhile, rebounded from two poor outings and a first-inning homer by Andre Ethier. Kendrick (11-7) had allowed 13 runs on 15 hits in seven innings his last two outings, including an 8-6 loss against the Dodgers on Aug. 11 in Los Angeles.
"I knew what was going on -- I was falling behind in counts and not being aggressive," Kendrick said. "Tonight I came out attacked the strike zone and got ahead."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Kendrick also did a good job of keeping the ball down.
"Here lately his fastball has been up more and out of the strike zone, but the good pitches that he made, the ball sunk and he kept it low," Manuel said.
|Greg Maddux has a rocky return to the Dodgers, allowing seven runs in 5 2/3 innings. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Matt Kemp, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.298|
|Andre Ethier, RF||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.278|
|Jeff Kent, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.282|
|Angel Berroa, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.206|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||.314|
|Danny Ardoin, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.235|
|James Loney, 1B||4||0||3||0||0||0||1||.296|
|Russell Martin, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.287|
|Pablo Ozuna, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.259|
|Nomar Garciaparra, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.250|
|Casey Blake, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.283|
|Greg Maddux, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.114|
|Tanyon Sturtze, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Mark Sweeney, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.132|
|Ramon Troncoso, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Sturtze in the 7th|
|2B - James Loney (31, Kendrick)|
|HR - Andre Ethier (16, Kendrick)|
|RBI - Andre Ethier (56)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Blake-Kent-Loney|
|E - Russell Martin (13, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Greg Maddux (L,6-10)||5.2||9||7||7||1||4||2||4.25|
|Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 76-54, Tanyon Sturtze 8-6, Ramon Troncoso 27-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 4-8, Ramon Troncoso 4-1|
|Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 26, Tanyon Sturtze 1, Ramon Troncoso 8|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.258|
|Chase Utley, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||2||2||.285|
|Pat Burrell, LF||3||2||1||0||1||0||0||.264|
|Ryan Madson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Eyre, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||0||1||.229|
|Shane Victorino, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.289|
|Greg Dobbs, 3B||3||2||2||0||0||0||0||.310|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.254|
|Geoff Jenkins, RF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.246|
|Jayson Werth, RF||1||0||1||1||1||0||0||.267|
|Chris Coste, C||4||1||2||4||0||0||2||.281|
|Kyle Kendrick, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.109|
|Chad Durbin, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|Eric Bruntlett, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.214|
|HR - Chase Utley (31, Troncoso), Ryan Howard (34, Maddux), Chris Coste (9, Maddux)|
|SF - Jayson Werth (3)|
|SH - Kyle Kendrick (6)|
|RBI - Chase Utley (85), Ryan Howard 2 (106), Jayson Werth (47), Chris Coste 4 (32)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard 2 (43), Chris Coste 3 (14)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Rollins-Utley-Howard|
|Kyle Kendrick (W,11-7)||5.2||3||1||1||2||3||1||4.87|
|Chad Durbin (H,10)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.04|
|HBP - Blake (by Kyle Kendrick)|
|WP - Kyle Kendrick (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 99-58, Chad Durbin 18-11, Ryan Madson 12-7, Scott Eyre 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 5-9, Chad Durbin 1-2, Ryan Madson 2-0, Scott Eyre 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 23, Chad Durbin 5, Ryan Madson 3, Scott Eyre 3|
|Attendance - 42620|
|Game Time - 2:28|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Brian Knight|