Instant Replay: Phillies 7, Marlins 2

Instant Replay: Phillies 7, Marlins 2

May 2, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Ryan Howard is congratulated by Dom Brown after hitting a solo homer in the fourth inning. (USA Today Images)


Kyle Kendrick followed up a shutout of the Mets in his previous start with another solid outing in helping the Phillies to a 7-2 win over the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday night.

The win came after the Phils lost their previous two games in Cleveland by a combined score of 20-2.

The Phillies are 3-1 against the Marlins this season and 13-16 overall. The Marlins have the worst record in the NL at 8-21.

Starting pitching report
Kendrick went seven innings and allowed just two runs. He was not as crisp as he was in his shutout in New York last Friday, but managed to battle his way out of a couple of jams.

In six starts this season, Kendrick is 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA.

In his last 16 starts dating to mid-August, Kendrick is 10-4 with 2.43 ERA.

Miami right-hander Alex Sanabia allowed six hits, including two homers and four runs over five innings. Two of the runs were unearned.

Bullpen report
Mike Adams pitched a perfect eighth with two strikeouts. Jonathan Papelbon closed it out.

At the plate
The Phils built a 2-1 lead on solo homers by Domonic Brown and Ryan Howard. Howard’s homer came on a full-count pitch, capping a nine-pitch at-bat in the fourth inning. Erik Kratz, who was behind the plate for Kendrick’s start, worked an 11-pitch walk to open the bottom of the fifth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chase Utley. The Phils scored two runs in that inning and both were unearned.

Brown finished with three hits and two RBIs.

Michael Young’s first-inning double was his first extra-base hit since April 10. His previous 20 hits were singles.

Marlins’ leadoff man Juan Pierre walked to open the game and stole his 600th career base.

Justin Ruggiano homered to dead center against Kendrick.

In the field
Miami second baseman Donovan Solano booted a ground ball from Jimmy Rollins in the fifth inning and it led to two unearned runs as the Phils opened up a 4-1 lead.

Kendrick fielded his position well, springing from the mound to make nice plays in the fifth and seventh innings.

Revere out
Ben Revere did not start because of a swollen right ring finger. He was stepped on while stealing a base on Wednesday night. An X-ray was negative. Revere, who is hitting just .204 with a .245 on-basepercentage, is day to day. John Mayberry Jr. started in center field. Manager Charlie Manuel said Mayberry would continue to get looks as the Phils look for some consistent offense (see story).

Outfielder Ezequiel Carrera, designated for assignment on Tuesday, was claimed off waivers by Cleveland. Carrera spent a month with the Phils after being let go by Cleveland at the end of spring training.

Up next
Rookie right-hander Jonathan Pettibone (1-0, 4.35) makes his third start Friday night against Marlins’ right-hander Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 3.82).