Instant Replay: Phillies 4, Mets 0


Instant Replay: Phillies 4, Mets 0


NEW YORK -- Kyle Kendrick pitched the second shutout of his career as the Phillies snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field on Friday night.

Michael Young and Ryan Howard had the big hits.

The Phillies are 10-14.

The Mets are 10-11.

Starting pitching report
Kendrick (2-1) allowed just three singles and a walk. He struck out five. He threw 107 pitches.

For his career, Kendrick is 3-1 with a 1.97 ERA in six games (four starts) at Citi Field.

Mets’ right-hander Dillon Gee (1-4) allowed seven hits and four runs in six innings. Four of the hits and all of the runs came in the sixth inning. Jimmy Rollins started that inning with a single.

Gee has lost twice to the Phillies this season. He has given up 11 runs and four homers in nine innings.

Bullpen report
After struggling the previous two games, the Phillies’ bullpen got the night off.

At the plate
For the fourth game in a row, the Phils had a situation in which they had runners at the corners and no outs. For the first time, they scored on one of these situations as Young singled home Rollins in the sixth. Howard followed with a long, three-run home run to center. Howard’s third home run of the season was his 36th career longball against the Mets.

Young had three hits and is hitting .333.

In the field
Mets rightfielder Mike Baxter lost a fly ball from Laynce Nix in the lights and it went for a double.

Ruiz update
Carlos Ruiz played for Double A Reading on Friday night (see story). He will play for Reading again Saturday night and be activated for Sunday’s game against the Mets. Asked if Ruiz would start Sunday’s game, manager Charlie Manuel said, “More than likely.” Cole Hamels will pitch Sunday.

Umpire ill
A three-man umpiring crew worked the bulk of the game after home plate umpire Brian O’Nora left in the first inning with flu-like symptoms.

Up next
Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, 3.38) makes his second big-league start Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. against Mets right-hander Shaun Marcum, who will be making his season debut.

Instant Replay: Giants 5, Phillies 4

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Instant Replay: Giants 5, Phillies 4


SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants ended Aaron Nola's recent run of success in hanging a 5-4 loss on the Phillies at AT&T Park on Thursday night.
The loss was the Phillies' fifth in a row as they sunk to a season-worst 33 games under .500. They are a majors-worst 43-76.
The Phils are 6-20 against the NL West. They are 19-45 on the road.

The Giants have the second-worst record in the National League at 49-74.

Starting pitching report
Nola entered the game riding a streak in which he had pitched at least six innings and given up two or fewer runs in 10 straight starts. His ERA over that span was a majors-best 1.71.

The righty's outstanding run ended in this one as he was tagged for seven hits and five runs over five innings. He walked three. One of those walks extended the third inning and led to a run and another ended up turning into a run.

Nola is 9-8.

San Francisco right-hander Jeff Samardzija gave up eight hits and four runs over six innings. He walked one, struck out five and gave up two homers. He is 8-12.
Bullpen report
Lefty Hoby Milner shined for the Phillies. He got five big outs to keep it a one-run game.
Mark Melancon, Hunter Strickland and Sam Dyson closed it out for the Giants.
At the plate
Cameron Rupp got the Phillies on the board with a long homer to right in the fifth. The Phils rallied for three runs in the sixth to make it a one-run game. Nick Williams led off the inning with a solo homer, Rhys Hoskins singled, Maikel Franco doubled and Hyun Soo Kim had an RBI single. The rally stalled when Tommy Joseph grounded into a double play with a run scoring on the play.
Hoskins had two hits. Freddy Galvis doubled and tripled. He was stranded on base both times.
Jarrett Parker doubled twice against Nola. His double in the fifth drove home two runs. Hunter Pence reached base three times and scored two runs.
In the field
Williams, playing center field in place of Odubel Herrera, made a nice diving catch in the first inning, and Hoskins, learning on the job in left field, ran down a ball in the gap in the third. Second baseman Cesar Hernandez made an eye-popper, as well.
Health check
Herrera missed his third straight game with a sore left hamstring. He appears to be headed to the disabled list (see story).
The Phillies added utility man Pedro Florimon from Triple A and designated reliever Pedro Beato for assignment.
Up next
Zach Eflin (1-4, 5.76) pitches against Giants lefty Matt Moore (3-12, 5.71) on Friday night.

Odubel Herrera appears to be headed to the disabled list

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Odubel Herrera appears to be headed to the disabled list

SAN FRANCISCO — Odubel Herrera missed his third straight game because of a sore left hamstring Thursday night and it sounds as if he's headed to the disabled list.
"It's a day-to-day thing," manager Pete Mackanin said before the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. "He might be going on the DL. We're thinking about it."
Herrera, riding a 17-game hitting streak, injured the hamstring late in Monday night's game in San Diego and did not play Tuesday or Wednesday. The Phillies filled out their bench for Thursday night's game by bringing versatile utility man Pedro Florimon up from Triple A. To make room for Florimon on the 40-man roster, the Phillies designated reliever Pedro Beato for assignment.
The Phillies created room for Florimon on the active roster by sending starting pitcher Nick Pivetta to Triple A. That assignment should be brief as he is expected to come back and pitch in Tuesday's doubleheader against Miami (see story).
With Herrera out, Mackanin used rookie Nick Williams in center field. Another rookie, Rhys Hoskins, started in left and Hyun Soo Kim was in right field.
Mackanin said Herrera "still has some tenderness" in the hamstring and he was waiting for an update from the team's medical staff on whether to place the outfielder on the DL.
It sure sounds like that's coming. Stay tuned.