Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Kyle Kendrick continued his dominance over
the Marlins and Domonic Brown's bat remained hot, as the Philadelphia Phillies
downed Miami, 7-2, in the opener of a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park.
Kendrick (6-3) spun his second complete game of the season to earn his 10th
straight win over the Marlins, while Brown, who was named NL Player of the
Month earlier Monday after clubbing 12 homers in May, went deep for the ninth
time in 10 games.
Kendrick struck out five and held the Marlins to two runs on six hits. The
right-hander also did damage at the plate, stroking his first career triple to
go with an RBI and a run scored in the Phillies' second straight win.
"It was fun," Kendrick said. "Obviously, the hit was awesome. My dad was here,
so I'm sure he enjoyed it."
Brown finished 3-for-4 to extend his hit streak to eight games, while Delmon
Young and Erik Kratz each added a solo shot for the Phillies, who improved to
20-6 when scoring more than three runs this season.
Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna each knocked in a run for Miami, which was
coming off its first series sweep of the season against the New York Mets.
Starter Tom Koehler (0-4) was tagged for five runs -- four earned -- on seven
hits over five-plus frames to absorb the loss.
"It was a good game the first four innings," Marlins manager Mike Redmond
said. "In the fifth and sixth, they put up some good at-bats, and we couldn't
hold them down."
Philadelphia struggled to put anything together against Koehler and trailed
2-0 before pushing across three runs in the fifth.
Kratz led off the frame with a blast to left-center field before Kendrick
followed two batters later with a line drive into the gap in left-center that
trickled to the wall, allowing Kendrick to reach third.
Ben Revere then slapped a single to left to score Kendrick before stealing
second and moving to third on catcher Rob Brantly's throwing error.
Cesar Hernandez scored Revere with a groundout to give the Phils a 3-2 lead.
Kendrick retired the Marlins in order in the sixth before the Phillies tacked
on four more in the bottom half to blow the game open.
Ryan Howard clubbed a leadoff double and Brown followed with a towering fly
ball into the right-field seats to make it 5-2.
Brown's blast chased Koehler from the contest but the results remained the
same, as Young drove reliever Ryan Webb's third offering over the wall in left
to push the lead to 6-2.
After Kratz struck out, Freddy Galvis tripled to right and then beat Adeiny
Hechavarria's throw to the plate on Kendrick's ground ball to make it 7-2.
The run support was more than enough for Kendrick, who retired the final 15
hitters he faced in order to complete his fourth career complete game.
Early on, the Marlins pushed a pair of runs across in the third to jump in
Juan Pierre smacked a one-out single and Ed Lucas walked before Dietrich and
Ozuna stroked back-to-back RBI singles to give Miami a 2-0 lead.
Hernandez's RBI was the first of his career ... Kendrick's 10-game winning
streak against Miami is tied for the longest active win streak against one
team in the majors. Philadelphia's Roy Halladay (vs. Baltimore) and Andy
Pettitte of the Yankees (vs. Kansas City) each have active 10-game win streaks
... Kendrick is 12-2 in 21 games (16 starts) against the Marlins ... Miami
outfielder Chris Coghlan extended his hit streak to 10 games ... Miami first
baseman Casey Kotchman was activated off the disabled list prior to the game
and went 0-for-3 ... Brown is the first Phillie to hit nine homers in a 10-
game stretch since Bobby Abreu did it from May 8-18, 2005.
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