MIAMI – If this was the end for Kyle Kendrick, he went out with a good one.
Kendrick pitched seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday night -- and drove in a run at the plate -- to lead the Phillies to a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins.
The win was Kendrick’s team-high 10th of the season.
The 30-year-old right-hander becomes a free agent this offseason and could be moving on after eight seasons with the Phils.
Kendrick’s two-out double in the seventh gave the Phils a 1-0 lead and Marlon Byrd’s one-out single in the eighth broke a 1-1 tie.
The Phillies, 72-86, have four games remaining in the season.
Starting pitching report
Kendrick went seven innings (on just 86 pitches) to raise his season total to a career-high 199.
The right-hander allowed the tying run in the bottom of the seventh, but managed to get an inning-ending double play with two men on base to preserve the tie.
Kendrick finished his season 10-13 with a 4.61 ERA. He had a 2.78 ERA (10 earned runs in 32 1/3 innings) in five September starts.
Marlins lefty Brad Hand held the Phillies scoreless for the first six innings before allowing a run in the seventh.
Ken Giles pitched a perfect eighth and Jonathan Papelbon made his first appearance since serving a seven-game suspension and recorded his 38th save. Papelbon allowed a one-out double and got the final two outs with a man at second.
Chris Hatcher allowed two hits, a walk and a run in the eighth inning to take the loss.
At the plate
The Phillies were shut out on Tuesday night. They had gone 19 innings without a run before Kendrick’s RBI double in the seventh.
The Phillies left two runners in scoring position in the second inning and the bases loaded in the fifth when rookie Maikel Franco took a fastball down the middle for a called third strike. They also left the bases loaded in the eighth en route to leaving 10 for the game. They were just 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position -- the hit was Byrd’s go-ahead single in the eighth.
Kendrick had three of the Phillies’ nine hits.
Byrd has 84 RBIs.
The Marlins tied the game at 1-1 on doubles by Garrett Jones and Enrique Hernandez in the bottom of the seventh.
Jimmy Rollins sat out his 15th straight game with a sore hamstring. He probably won’t play the remainder of the season. He chatted before the game about some of the things he’d like to see the Phillies do to improve (see story).
David Buchanan (6-8, 3.77) opposes Tom Koehler (9-10, 3.76) in the series finale on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m.