Phillies 6, Braves 2
WP – Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 3.89)
LP – Tommy Hanson (12-9, 4.46)
PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies knew they needed a win with St. Louis losing earlier in the day.
They capitalized, hitting four home runs en route to a 6-2 win over the Braves Friday night in Philadelphia. It was their fourth straight win and it pulled them to three games back of the Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot.
The Phillies jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning. Juan Pierre hit a one-out triple and scored on Chase Utley’s ground out to make it a 1-0 game.
Atlanta responded with an RBI ground out by Brian McCann to tie the game up.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Kevin Frandsen hit a solo home run to make it a 2-1 game. The Phillies added onto the lead in the 4th with back-to-back homers by Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz.
Utley also homered later in the game to make it a 6-2 game. Howard and Utley’s shots gave them 299 and 199 career homers respectively, pulling the two within one of mile stones.
Kyle Kendrick pitched into the 7th, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six for his 10th win of the season.
It was the fourth time in Kendrick’s career he won 10 games. In 2008 and 2010, Kendrick won a career high 11 games. He has a shot at tying it this season.
3B: Pierre (6). HR: Frandsen (2), Howard (13), Ruiz (15), Utley (11).