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Phillies slip past Cardinals for 5-4 victory

By AARON BRACY
Associated Press
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) After the first inning, the results for Kyle Kendrick are completely different.

Ryan Howard drove in a pair of runs and Kendrick overcame a rocky opening inning to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.

Ben Revere, who entered the day second in the NL in batting, went 3 for 4 to raise his average to .315. Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd also drove in runs for Philadelphia, which won its third in four games.

Matt Adams homered and Matt Holliday drove in two runs for the Cardinals, who lost for just the second time in nine games.

Kendrick (6-11) increased his first-inning ERA to 9.69 this season by allowing three early runs. He left after giving up four runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings.

''It's not in my head at all; it's really not,'' Kendrick said. ''I don't know. It's one of those things this year. It will be gone next year I think.''

Adam Wainwright (15-8) failed in his bid to become the first 16-game winner in the big leagues while continuing his August struggles. The right-hander allowed five runs, four earned, and six hits in six innings, dropping to 2-3 with a 6.49 ERA in five starts this month.

''I haven't been able to make pitches like I want to,'' Wainwright said. ''I've been talking myself blue in the face. Now I just have to go out and pitch.''

Wainwright looked to be in good position to earn the victory after the first inning.

It was a continuing theme for Kendrick, but he settled down after his early struggles.

Adams' leadoff homer in the third was the right-hander's only other blemish, and he finished by retiring his final eight batters. Kendrick has a 4.01 ERA in all innings other than the first this season.

''You just have to battle,'' Kendrick said. ''I'm a competitor. I don't want to lose, so I just had to keep battling. That's all you can do. Keep making pitches, keep grinding and try to keep your team in the game.''

Jonathan Papelbon capped 2 2-3 innings of scoreless relief by the Phillies' bullpen with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 31st save in 33 opportunities.

Philadelphia took the lead with four runs in the third thanks to some help from the Cardinals.

Carlos Ruiz singled and Howard got a late stop sign from coach Pete Mackanin after rounding third base. Adams caught Jon Jay's relay throw from center and appeared to have an easy out, but he threw wildly to third and Howard scored on the error.

The Phillies, who batted around in the inning, scored their first three runs on RBIs by Utley, Howard and Byrd.

Holliday's two-run double and Jay's sacrifice fly staked St. Louis to a 3-0 lead. Jay went 0 for 3, ending his 12-game hitting streak.

Holliday nearly tied it in the eighth, but Byrd leaped high against the fence to catch the drive to right.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: C Yadier Molina (right thumb) missed his 35th straight game on Friday night.

Phillies: OF John Mayberry (right wrist), on the DL since July 21, played in his third rehab game with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday night. Mayberry entered Friday 2 for 7 with Lehigh Valley.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Shelby Miller (8-9, 4.25) pitches the second game of the three-game set at 7:05 Saturday night. Miller has allowed a team-high 17 homers and 64 walks in 139 2-3 innings. He took the loss against the Phillies on June 19 when he gave up four runs in 6 2-3 innings.

Phillies: RHP David Buchanan (6-7, 4.25) makes his 14th start of the season in place of injured lefty Cliff Lee (left elbow), who is out for the season. Buchanan is 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA in one career start against the Cards.

REVERE'S RIDE

Revere is batting .373 since June 26 with multiple hits in 25 of 49 games over that stretch.

''It's just been, `See the ball, hit the ball, don't hit it to the defense,''' Revere said.

CLOSE TO HR

Holliday came within a few feet of his 13th homer.

''He hit it real well,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. ''I was surprised it didn't go out.''

 
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Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
St. Louis

M. Holliday
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Matt Carpenter, 3B4120010.285.378.401
Kolten Wong, 2B4120001.247.288.388
Matt Holliday, LF4112001.262.365.409
Matt Adams, 1B3111110.309.333.492
Jhonny Peralta, SS4000001.264.337.452
Jon Jay, CF3001000.310.380.403
Oscar Taveras, RF4010010.224.263.297
Tony Cruz, C3000022.205.282.250
   a-Daniel Descalso, PH1000000.216.289.293
Adam Wainwright, P2010000.200.241.255
   b-Shane Robinson, PH1000000.138.206.190
   Sam Freeman, P0000000.000.000.000
   Carlos Martinez, P0000000.250.250.250
Totals3348415    
a-flied out for Cruz in the 9th
b-flied out for Wainwright in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (30, Kendrick)
HR - Matt Adams (13, Kendrick)
SF - Jon Jay (3)
RBI - Matt Holliday 2 (64), Matt Adams (56), Jon Jay (37)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Wong-Peralta-Adams
E - Matt Adams (6, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright (L,15-8) 6654320 2.52
Sam Freeman 1200030 2.43
Carlos Martinez 1000000 4.75
WP - Sam Freeman (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 105-65, Sam Freeman 18-13, Carlos Martinez 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 6-9, Carlos Martinez 2-1
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 26, Sam Freeman 5, Carlos Martinez 3
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Ben Revere, CF4230000.315.331.370
Jimmy Rollins, SS2100211.237.319.380
Chase Utley, 2B4001022.282.351.433
Ryan Howard, 1B4122000.222.305.373
Marlon Byrd, RF3001011.268.316.466
Domonic Brown, LF3000101.225.278.334
   Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000.000.000.000
Carlos Ruiz, C4020001.262.363.364
Cody Asche, 3B3000003.248.303.379
Kyle Kendrick, P2110000.075.093.075
   Jake Diekman, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Darin Ruf, PH1000010.229.345.417
   Ken Giles, P0000000.000.000.000
   Grady Sizemore, LF0000000.247.306.361
Totals3058435    
a-struck out for Diekman in the 7th
Batting
SF - Marlon Byrd (3)
RBI - Chase Utley (68), Ryan Howard 2 (79), Marlon Byrd (73)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Asche-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Kendrick (W,6-11) 6.1844141 4.93
Jake Diekman (H,15) 0.2000010 3.99
Ken Giles (H,8) 1000000 1.19
Jonathan Papelbon (S,31) 1000000 1.52
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 96-64, Jake Diekman 8-5, Ken Giles 10-7, Jonathan Papelbon 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 4-10, Jake Diekman 1-0, Ken Giles 1-2, Jonathan Papelbon 1-2
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 27, Jake Diekman 2, Ken Giles 3, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28366
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Dan Bellino