SAN DIEGO -- Kyle Kendrick delivered a strong start and Domonic Brown snapped a 14-game homerless drought to help the Phillies beat the San Diego Padres, 6-2, on Tuesday night.
The Phillies are 37-41, eight games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
Starting pitching report
Kendrick allowed seven hits and two runs over eight innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out six while throwing 104 pitches. He is 7-4 with a 3.46 ERA.
Kendrick has allowed two earned runs or less in 11 of 16 starts.
San Diego starter Jason Marquis was tagged for six runs in 4 1/3 innings. He walked five, raising his NL lead in that department to 53.
Antonio Bastardo worked an arduous ninth inning to close it out. He struck out the final two hitters with runners on second and third, but needed 30 pitches to complete the inning.
At the plate
The Phillies went ahead, 3-2, on a three-run homer by Brown in the third inning. It was his 20th of the season. Brown also drew a bases-loaded walk. He has 54 RBIs, most on the team.
Jimmy Rollins scored two of his team’s runs.
Pedro Ciriaco and Alexi Amarista drove in the Padres’ runs.
Mike Adams is likely out for the season (see story) and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. figures to stand pat with his young and beleaguered bullpen (see story).
Cole Hamels (2-11, 4.50) opposes lefty Robbie Erlin (1-0, 4.15) in the series finale on Wednesday night. Hamels is 8-2 with a 2.15 ERA in 13 career starts against his hometown team.