A wild four-run third inning and a gritty pitching performance from Kyle Kendrick helped the Phillies battle for a 5-4 victory over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals Friday night.
The Phillies rallied against National League wins leader Adam Wainwright with four hits and a costly throwing error by first baseman Matt Adams that allowed Ryan Howard to score from third on a single by Carlos Ruiz.
From there, Kendrick retired 13 of the last 15 hitters he faced to hold the Phillies’ thin lead.
The victory improves the Phillies to 57-71 and gives them three wins in their last four games of this homestand.
Starting pitching report
Kendrick allowed three more first-inning runs, which pushed his season's first-inning ERA to a robust 9.69.
However, Kendrick allowed just four baserunners after the first inning with the lone run coming on a long solo homer by Adams.
Adam Wainwright did not have his best stuff, giving up five runs — four earned — on six hits and three walks. Wainwright still leads the National League with 15 wins.
Jake Diekman retired both of the hitters he faced to close out the seventh before turning it over to Ken Giles in the eighth. The rookie right-hander turned in a perfect eighth to lower his ERA to 1.19.
Jonathan Papelbon tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 31st save of the season. Papelbon also has 98 saves with the Phillies, which is two behind Brad Lidge for fourth in franchise history.
At the plate
Ben Revere went 3 for 4 to boost his batting average to .315. National League leader Justin Morneau entered Friday with a .317 batting average and was in the midst of a multi-hit game when the Phillies-Cardinals tilt ended.
Additionally, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz had a pair of hits apiece with Howard adding a pair of RBIs.
The Phillies did not have an extra-base hit in the victory.
The Cardinals scored three in the first inning, but it could have been more. The first four hitters of the game reached base with Matt Holiday’s two-run double the biggest blow.
The series continues Saturday night when rookie right-hander David Buchanan (6-7, 4.25) faces Cardinals righty Shelby Miller (8-9, 4.25).
Buchanan earned a win in St. Louis on June 19, when he allowed a run on four hits and a walk in 7 2/3 innings. Miller is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in two career starts against the Phillies. He pitched six scoreless innings in a win on July 23, 2013, and gave up four runs in six innings when he last matched up with Carpenter on June 19.