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.
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.
Cody Asche's time with the Phillies has come to an end.
The Phillies claimed LHP David Rollins off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, Asche was designated for assignment. The Phillies had until 8 p.m. on Friday to tender a contract to the outfielder, but they instead chose to free up the roster spot for Rollins.
Asche played four seasons with the Phillies from 2013-16 after he was drafted in the fourth round in 2011. The St. Charles, Mo. native had a .213/.284/.350 batting line this past season over 71 games. His best season with the Phillies came as their starting third baseman in 2014, hitting 10 home runs and driving home 46 runs in 121 games.
Rollins has been on four different rosters this offseason. He pitched 31 games in relief for the Seattle Mariners over the last two seasons, sporting a 7.60 ERA over 34 1/3 innings. He was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs 15 days after the World Series and then subsequently claimed again by the Rangers.
Rollins was a 24th round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2011 MLB Draft and was traded a year later to the Houston Astros. Prior to the 2015 season, the Mariners picked Rollins in the Rule 5 draft after the Astros chose not to protect him.