SAN FRANCISCO – Kyle Kendrick delivered another strong outing and Chase Utley and Ryan Howard both homered and drove in two runs in leading the Phillies to a 6-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
The Phillies have beaten the Giants two nights in a row to run their record to 16-18.
The Giants are 19-14.
Starting pitching report
Kendrick (4-1) pitched seven walk-free innings. He allowed six hits, two runs and struck out six.
Kendrick pitched out of a big jam in the fourth. A single and an error put runners on first and second with no outs. Kendrick roared back with strikeouts of Gregor Blanco and Brandon Belt before getting Brandon Crawford to ground out.
The Phils are 5-2 in Kendrick’s seven starts this season. The right-hander is 11-4 with a 2.44 ERA in his last 17 starts dating to mid-August.
Giants’ right-hander Tim Lincecum gave up nine hits and five runs in seven innings. He walked three and struck out seven.
The Phillies went to the bullpen with a three-run lead. Mike Adams pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two, and Jonathan Papelbon, pitching with a four-run lead after Howard’s ninth-inning homer, closed it out.
At the plate
Utley had three hits, drove in two runs and scored two. He singled in the first and scored on a hit by Howard. Utley singled in a run in the second and crushed the first pitch of the fifth inning over the wall in deep right-center for his seventh homer of the season.
Michael Young doubled home an important run with two outs in the seventh. It was his second two-out, run-scoring double in as many nights.
Howard’s ninth-inning homer was his sixth of the season.
Tyler Cloyd will come up from Triple A to start on Friday in Phoenix (see story). He takes the place of Roy Halladay, who is on the disabled list with a shoulder problem (see story).
Halladay was examined by doctors in Los Angeles on Tuesday. His condition will be updated on Wednesday (see story).
Jonathan Pettibone (2-0, 3.24) opposes Barry Zito (3-1, 3.06) in the series finale on Wednesday afternoon.
WASHINGTON – It looks as if the Phillies will have some action at the winter meetings.
The team is close to signing veteran reliever Joaquin Benoit, sources tell CSNPhilly.com. The winter meetings officially begin on Monday. The signing is expected to be announced before the meetings end on Thursday.
Benoit, 39, is a veteran of 15 seasons in the majors. He is coming off a strong 2016 season in which he pitched in 51 games for Seattle and Toronto and recorded a 2.81 ERA.
Benoit began the 2016 season with the Mariners and had a 5.18 ERA in 26 games. He was traded to Toronto in July and gave up just one run in 23 2/3 innings over 25 games, but did not pitch in the postseason after suffering a torn calf muscle in late September.
The right-hander has pitched for six teams in his career and has a lifetime 3.79 ERA in 712 games.
Entering the offseason, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said he wanted to improve the bullpen. He opened the offseason by trading for veteran right-hander Pat Neshek and last week claimed lefty David Rollins off waivers from Texas. Now, Klentak is poised to add Benoit.
Benoit has mostly pitched in a setup role in his career, but he does have closer experience. It is unclear what role he’d pitch in for the Phillies. The Phils have Jeanmar Gomez and Hector Neris returning to the back of their bullpen in 2017. Benoit could complement that pair or the Phillies could choose to trade Gomez or Neris.
Neris pitched in 79 games in 2016 and had a 2.58 ERA, so the Phillies would only deal him if they were to get a strong package of talent in return.
The Phillies tendered contracts to three arbitration-eligible players on Friday night and set another free.
Reliever Jeanmar Gomez and infielders Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis were tendered contracts for the 2017 season while outfielder Cody Asche was let go after four seasons with the club.
The Phillies signaled their intention to let Asche go when they designated him for assignment, a move that removed him from the 40-man roster, on Friday afternoon. The club had the option of trading Asche — and likely had discussions with other clubs — but ultimately decided to non-tender him before the 8 p.m. deadline. The move made Asche a free agent.
The Phils had removed Asche from the 40-man roster to clear a spot for David Rollins, a left-handed reliever who was claimed off waivers from Texas on Friday (see story).
Galvis and Hernandez, the team’s regular shortstop and second baseman, respectively, were certain to receive contracts for 2017. Gomez was less certain. He saved 37 games for the Phils in 2016, but struggled badly late in the season.
Phillies officials will try to negotiate 2017 salaries with all three players. If an agreement cannot be reached with a player, an arbitration hearing will be held later in the winter to determine that player’s salary for the coming season.
Gomez made $1.4 million in 2016, Galvis $2 million and Hernandez $525,000. According to mlbtraderumors.com, Gomez projects to make $4.6 million in arbitration, Galvis $4.4 million and Hernandez $2.5 million.
The Phillies' roster is full at 40.