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Kendrick baffles Rockies in final start in Phils' rotation

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DENVER -- Kyle Kendrick says he's ready to head back to the bullpen. He certainly looked sharp enough to start Tuesday night.

Kendrick tossed eight sparkling innings, Ryan Howard hit two home runs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 5-0.

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Kendrick (6-5) yielded four hits, struck out a career-high seven and walked two in his longest outing in 11 starts this season. He threw a career-high 117 pitches and didn't allow a runner past second base in leading the Phillies to their fifth consecutive victory.

His reward? A seat in the bullpen when Roy Oswalt returns to the rotation this weekend.

"It is what it is," Kendrick said. "Everyone knows I can start. Oswalt coming back is going to make us better."

Oswalt has been out since late June with a bad back and Kendrick has taken on the starting role in his absence. His victory Tuesday was only his third as a starter, and he did it with best performance since throwing a complete game against Pittsburgh on July 3, 2010.

"KK was very good," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "This would rank up there with his best outing."

Kendrick agreed -- to a point.

"Results-wise, yeah," he said. "My changeup wasn't very good tonight but my cutter and fastball were pretty good."

The Phillies, meanwhile, got off to a fast start against Aaron Cook, who pitched four innings before leaving with muscle spasms in his neck.

Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a walk and moved to third on Shane Victorino's single. Chase Utley drove in Rollins with a groundout and Hunter Pence hit an RBI double with two outs.

Philadelphia tacked on two more in the fourth. Howard led off with a drive to the facing of the second deck in right-center. One out later, Raul Ibanez and Placido Polanco hit consecutive singles and Brian Schneider had a sacrifice fly.

"It felt pretty good off the bat," Howard said of his 432-foot homer. "It started middle in and it ran back over the plate."

Cook (2-6) gave up five hits, struck out two and walked one.

"When you get the lead and add two more on that's what really helps," Manuel said. "Two runs in this yard doesn't hold up a lot."

Howard led off the eighth with a drive to left against Matt Lindstrom for his 23rd home run.

David Herndon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to finish the shutout.

The Rockies had very few chances against Kendrick and failed to capitalize on any of them. They had two runners on in the first but Seth Smith looked at strike three to end the threat. Eric Young Jr. and Chris Iannetta reached second base in the third and fifth, respectively, but were stranded there.

"He used his cutter very effectively," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He was cutting the ball in on the left-handed hitters. He was throwing the front door cutter to some of our right-handed hitters."

Now he gladly moves back to the bullpen, where he is 2-2 with a 2.49 ERA in 15 appearances.

"That's KK38. He's changing on the fly," Howard said. "He's done everything they've ever asked him to do -- come from the bullpen, start, spot start, he's never complained about it."

Notes

  • Howard has two multihomer games this season and 27 for his career. His last multihomer game was April 29 against the Mets.
  • Phillies ace Roy Halladay will start Wednesday's series finale against Jason Hammel. Halladay, who is from Arvada, Colo., made his first start at Coors Field on May 12, 2010, and got a no-decision. He is 2-0 with a 0.77 ERA in three career starts against the Rockies. Hammel is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three career appearances against Philadelphia, two of them starts.
  • Pence has at least one hit in each of his four games with the Phillies since being acquired Friday from Houston.
 
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Kyle Kendrick strikes out a career-high seven batters and comes within an inning of his second career complete game.  (Getty Images)
Kyle Kendrick strikes out a career-high seven batters and comes within an inning of his second career complete game. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Philadelphia

K. Kendrick
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 7
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS4100101 .264
Shane Victorino, CF4110100 .303
Chase Utley, 2B4001002 .284
Ryan Howard, 1B4222012 .252
Hunter Pence, RF3021100 .308
Raul Ibanez, LF4110013 .248
Placido Polanco, 3B4010012 .275
Brian Schneider, C3001002 .173
Kyle Kendrick, P3010011 .263
   a- John Mayberry Jr., PH1000000 .256
    David Herndon, P0000000 .000
Totals3458534  
a-flied out for Kendrick in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hunter Pence 2 (29, Cook, Escalona)
HR - Ryan Howard 2 (23, Cook, Lindstrom)
SF - Brian Schneider (1)
RBI - Chase Utley (33), Ryan Howard 2 (83), Hunter Pence (64), Brian Schneider (6)
2-OUT RBI - Hunter Pence (19)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Kendrick (W,6-5) 8400270 3.19
David Herndon 1000000 4.33
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 117-72, David Herndon 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 8-8, David Herndon 1-2
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 29, David Herndon 3
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF4010011 .216
Dexter Fowler, CF3010121 .264
Todd Helton, 1B4000002 .307
Troy Tulowitzki, SS2000100 .285
    Chris Nelson, 3B1000000 .253
Seth Smith, RF4000022 .285
Ian Stewart, 3B2000000 .144
    Edgmer Escalona, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1010000 .218
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
Mark Ellis, 2B3000011 .228
Chris Iannetta, C3010011 .224
Aaron Cook, P1000000 .211
    Jonathan Herrera, 3B-SS2000000 .248
Totals3004027  
a-singled for Escalona in the 7th
Batting
2B - Dexter Fowler (18, Kendrick)
SB - Eric Young Jr. (7, 2nd base off Kendrick/Schneider)
Team LOB - 5
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Cook (L,2-6) 4544121 5.34
Edgmer Escalona 3200110 0.00
Matt Lindstrom 1111111 3.02
Matt Reynolds 1000000 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 63-37, Edgmer Escalona 40-23, Matt Lindstrom 21-11, Matt Reynolds 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 6-4, Edgmer Escalona 2-6, Matt Lindstrom 1-1, Matt Reynolds 1-2
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 18, Edgmer Escalona 12, Matt Lindstrom 5, Matt Reynolds 3
Game Information
Attendance - 39128
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Dan Iassogna