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PHILADELPHIA -- Kyle Kendrick has found his rhythm -- and maybe a secure spot in the Phillies rotation.

Kendrick pitched effectively for 6 2/3 innings and Jimmy Rollins drove in a pair of runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night.

Kendrick (7-9), one of seven pitchers used by Philadelphia, allowed four hits and struck out three to help the Phillies win for the fifth time in the last seven games. It was the third straight win for Kendrick, who has been bounced between the bullpen and starting rotation throughout his Phillies career.

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"He pitched real good, changed speeds and had control of the game," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "That goes to show you when you get focused and apply yourself, good things can happen.

"He's always had to fight to survive. He's proved he can pitch."

Asked about remaining in the rotation into next season, Kendrick said, "That's not my call. I just try go out there and give us a chance to win."

One key to the right-hander's success of late has been working quickly on the mound.

"When he gets in a good rhythm, he moves the tempo and is in control of the game," Manuel said. "He can command the ball about where he wants to. He's relaxed more and his confidence is big."

Tyler Moore homered for Washington, which lost its second straight.

Moore snapped Kendrick's 21 2/3 innings scoreless streak with a two-out, two-run homer in the seventh. Kendrick retired the first two batters in the frame before walking Kurt Suzuki. Moore, pinch-hitting for Edwin Jackson, launched an 0-1 sinker into the seats in left to pull Washington within 3-2.

"After I took a strike I was looking for something to hit," Moore said. "I was trying to be aggressive. I know he's a good pitcher. I put the barrel of the bat on the ball and it went out. Fortunately I got a pitch I could handle."

Jackson (11-8) gave up three runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and two walks in six innings to fall to 0-4 with a 5.32 ERA in four career starts against Philadelphia.

"Jackson was all over the place but he had pretty good stuff and kept us in the game," Washington manager Davey Johnson said.

Jonathan Papelbon earned his 28th save in 31 chances with a scoreless ninth to preserve the win for Kendrick.

"My confidence has always been there," Kendrick said. "I'm just trusting my stuff, knowing how I am and trusting it."

Said Johnson, "He moves the ball around very well and doesn't give in to anybody."

Rollins gave the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the fourth when he lined an opposite-field, two-out single to left off Jackson to score John Mayberry Jr. and Laynce Nix, who barely beat the tag of Suzuki with an elusive head-first slide at the

Chase Utley's RBI single in the first had given Philadelphia a 1-0 lead. The Phillies were positioned to add on to the lead, with runners on first and third and no outs, but Ryan Howard struck out and Domonic Brown grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The Phillies used four pitchers in a scoreless eighth inning. Antonio Bastardo started the frame with a strikeout of Bryce Harper and was followed by Josh Lindblom, who walked Ryan Zimmerman. Raul Valdes then relieved Lindblom and surrendered a single to Roger Bernadina before striking out Adam LaRoche. With two outs and runners on first and second, B.J. Rosenberg followed Valdes and struck out Jayson Werth to end the frame.

"We had the right guys up at the right time, but just couldn't get it done," Johnson said.

The Phillies padded their lead in the bottom of the inning. Utley walked, stole second and scored on Howard's single to right that put Philadelphia up 4-2.

Michael Morse left the game in the first inning with a contusion on his right hand after being hit by a Kendrick pitch. X-rays were negative, but Johnson said Morse probably would miss "a few days."

Ian Desmond was a late scratch due to a right hamstring injury suffered in Wednesday's game against Atlanta. Desmond, who was replaced at shortstop by Danny Espinosa, was available to pinch-hit. Johnson said he is day-to-day.

Notes

The Phillies honored four Olympic gold medalists with Philadelphia-area ties in a pregame ceremony, as soccer stars Heather Mitts and Carli Lloyd joined Jordan Burroughs (wrestling) and Susan Francia (rowing) to throw out ceremonial first pitches.. Philadelphia placed catcher Brian Schneider on the 15-day DL and recalled Steven Lerud from Double-A Reading.. Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay (7-7, 3.95) is scheduled to face Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez (16-6, 3.23) in the second game of the three-game set at 7:05 Saturday night.

 
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Players of the Game
Philadelphia

J. Rollins
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Washington

T. Moore
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B4000001 .283
Bryce Harper, CF4020011 .250
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3000103 .283
Michael Morse, LF0000000 .286
    Roger Bernadina, PR-LF2010111 .300
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000016 .261
Jayson Werth, RF4000022 .308
Danny Espinosa, SS4010011 .251
Kurt Suzuki, C3100110 .212
Edwin Jackson, P2010000 .209
   a- Tyler Moore, PH1112000 .278
    Ryan Mattheus, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Drew Storen, P0000000 .000
   b- Chad Tracy, PH1000010 .279
Totals3226238  
a-homered for Jackson in the 7th
b-struck out for Storen in the 9th
Batting
2B - Bryce Harper 2 (18, Kendrick, Kendrick)
HR - Tyler Moore (7, Kendrick)
RBI - Tyler Moore 2 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Tyler Moore 2 (6)
CS - Danny Espinosa (6, 2nd base by Papelbon/Kratz)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Lombardozzi-Espinosa-LaRoche, Espinosa-Lombardozzi-LaRoche
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson (L,7-9) 6733280 3.72
Ryan Mattheus 1000000 2.37
Mike Gonzalez 0.1111100 2.73
Drew Storen 0.2000000 4.15
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 107-67, Ryan Mattheus 13-7, Mike Gonzalez 16-7, Drew Storen 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 5-4, Ryan Mattheus 3-0, Mike Gonzalez 1-0, Drew Storen 1-0
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 26, Ryan Mattheus 3, Mike Gonzalez 3, Drew Storen 1
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS4122002 .241
Kevin Frandsen, 3B3000111 .345
    B.J. Rosenberg, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
Chase Utley, 2B3111110 .251
Ryan Howard, 1B4021012 .257
Domonic Brown, RF4000023 .273
John Mayberry Jr., CF4110001 .238
Laynce Nix, LF2110110 .259
Erik Kratz, C3000023 .306
Kyle Kendrick, P1010000 .120
    Jeremy Horst, P0000000 .000
   a- Juan Pierre, PH1000000 .300
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
    Josh Lindblom, P0000000 .000
    Raul Valdes, P0000000 .000
    Michael Martinez, 3B0000000 .148
Totals2948438  
a-grounded out for Horst in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Howard (7, Jackson), Kyle Kendrick (1, Jackson)
SH - Kyle Kendrick (4)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (48), Chase Utley (24), Ryan Howard (25)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (17)
SB - Chase Utley (4, 2nd base off Gonzalez/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 5
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Kendrick (W,7-9) 6.2422231 4.12
Jeremy Horst (H,2) 0.1000000 0.98
Antonio Bastardo (H,19) 0.1000010 5.40
Josh Lindblom0000100 3.72
Raul Valdes (H,1) 0.1100010 3.10
B.J. Rosenberg (H,1) 0.1000010 10.24
Jonathan Papelbon (S,28) 1100020 2.75
HBP - Morse (by Kyle Kendrick)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 115-78, Jeremy Horst 2-2, Antonio Bastardo 8-5, Josh Lindblom 5-1, Raul Valdes 8-6, B.J. Rosenberg 6-4, Jonathan Papelbon 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 11-6
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 27, Jeremy Horst 1, Antonio Bastardo 1, Josh Lindblom 1, Raul Valdes 2, B.J. Rosenberg 1, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 42096
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Manny Gonzalez, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Gerry Davis