Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick was strong once again, allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings during a rain-shortened start. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Phillies 6, Marlins 4
WP – Kyle Kendrick (2-4, 4.02)
LP – Mark Buehrle (5-5, 3.53)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (15)
PHILADELPHIA — With the rain came runs for the Phillies.
Following up a rain delay in which the Phillies led 2-1, the Phillies scored four runs in the final half of the game to beat the Marlins, 6-4, Friday night.
Both bullpens did a good job at trying to ruin the strong outings created by starter’s Mark Buehrle and Kyle Kendrick before the delay. Both pitchers resumed pitching after the 48-minute delay but only Kendrick managed to get out of the it alive.
Hunter Pence was able to get to Buehrle right away. After Placido Polanco’s lead-0ff hit to start the bottom of the 5th, Pence smashed his 12th home run of the season, expanding the Phillies lead to 4-1.
Kendrick got himself in a bit of trouble in the 6th inning, being replaced by Chad Qualls with one out and runners on first and second. Qualls was able to get out of the inning with allowing one run to cross the plate on an odd double play ball.
The Phils added to their 4-2 lead in the bottom of the 6th and 7th innings thanks to an RBI ground out by Jimmy Rollins and RBI double by Hector Luna respectively.
The 8th inning brought too much excitement for the Phillies pen while holding a 6-2 lead. Antonio Bastardo, who has been the Phillies best reliever on the season, gave up back-to-back home runs to Logan Morrison and Justin Ruggiano to make it a 6-4 game.
Bastardo then walked John Buck and was replaced by Jake Diekman. Diekman got a strike out but allowed a pair of singles to load the bases with one out.
The Phillies turned to Jonathan Papelbon to get out of the bases-loaded jam and go for a five-out save. He Omar Infante to pop out and rung up Hanley Ramirez to retire the side.
Papelbon came out in the bottom of the 9th and closed the door, allowing only one hit in 1 2/3 innings for is 15th save of the year. It was his first five-out save since September 1, 2009.
Polanco, Pence and Carlos Ruiz each had three-hit nights for the Phillies. Ruiz’s three-hit game pumped his batting average up to .384, best in the National League. Pence drove in a pair of runs and Luna drove in three on the night.
2B: Ruiz (12), Polanco (10), Galvis (14), Luna (2). HR: Pence (12).