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Kendrick goes 8, Howard drives in 6 for Phillies

May 18, 2010 - 3:19 AM By ROB MAADDI AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA(AP) -- Charlie Manuel has a welcome lineup dilemma.

Kyle Kendrick pitched eight impressive innings, Ryan Howard hit a grand slam and had six RBIs, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-2 on Monday night.

Jayson Werth had a three-run homer for the NL East-leading Phillies, who have won four straight and 12 of 15. The two-time defending NL champions are 24-13 despite a slew of injuries.

Pitching in a steady rain, Kendrick (2-1) allowed two runs and five hits, striking out four.

The Phillies got one of their injured stars back when Jimmy Rollins returned to the lineup after missing 29 games with a calf injury. The three-time All-Star shortstop and 2007 NL MVP had two hits and an RBI.

Rollins batted third instead of his usual leadoff spot because Chase Utley, the regular No. 3 hitter, was sent home with flulike symptoms. Shane Victorino has filled in nicely for Rollins in the leadoff spot. Victorino leads the team with 32 RBIs and is tied with Werth for first with eight homers.

So what's Manuel going to do with Rollins when Utley comes back?

"We'll see," Manuel said. "Victorino can hit 5 through 7, or 1 or 2."

Manuel could probably pick his lineup out of a hat and the Phillies would still produce. Their offense leads the NL in batting average (.280) and runs (212).

"I thought I would hit seventh. Hide me behind the curtain and let me poke my head out," Rollins said. "Until I get my stroke back, leave him up there. He's doing a great job."

Pirates starter Charlie Morton (1-7) gave up six runs and six hits in four innings. Delwyn Young hit his first career leadoff homer for Pittsburgh, which has lost six of eight. The Pirates have dropped six in a row and 11 of 12 in Philadelphia.

"He threw the ball much better, but you've got to get ahead of them," Pirates manager John Russell said of Morton. "His offspeed was missing and he had to come in with his fastball and it hurt him."

Kendrick had just his third quality start in eight outings, lowering his ERA to 5.24. The right-hander had a sharp sinker, and got 12 outs on grounders.

"I made some mistakes, but they missed them," Kendrick said. "I felt the same but my results were better."

Young hit Kendrick's fourth pitch into the right-field seats for a 1-0 lead, but the Phillies manufactured a run in the bottom half. Victorino singled leading off, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Rollins' RBI groundout.

Howard's two-out, two-run single in the third put the Phillies ahead 3-1 after Rollins popped out with the bases loaded. Howard beat the shift with a hard grounder through the vacated shortstop hole.

Werth followed with an opposite-field shot to right to make it 6-1. He's hit three-run homers in three of the last five home games, dating to the previous homestand.

Werth added an RBI double in the seventh. He leads the majors with 20 two-baggers. Howard connected off Jack Taschner in the eighth. It was his ninth career slam, extending his franchise record.

NOTES: To make room on the roster for Rollins, infielder Wilson Valdez was designated for assignment. Valdez hit .231 (12 for 52) for the Phillies. He filled in nicely after backup shortstop Juan Castro got hurt. ... Pirates INF Aki Iwamura grounded out as a pinch hitter in the fifth. He's hitless in his last 27 at-bats. ... Phillies LHP J.A. Happ threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session. He's been sidelined with a left forearm strain. ... A crowd of 45,371 was the 59th straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park.






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    Pirates 2, Phillies 12  FinalMay 18 7:34 AM


  • Phillies 12, Pirates 2 - FINAL
    PITTSBURGH ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    D Young 2b 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 .241
    A LaRoche 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .254
    A McCutchen cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .331
    G Jones rf 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .254
    R Church lf 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .222
    R Doumit c 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 .274
    J Cle

    May 17 9:46 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY RYAN HOWARD (7) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    8TH OFF JACK TASCHNER SCORED JIMMY ROLLINS, PLACIDO POLANCO
    AND SHANE VICTORINO.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2, PHILADELPHIA 12
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: J WERTH (.338, 2-FOR-4, HR, 4 RBI)

    Pirates 2, Phillies 12  Bot 8, 0 OutsMay 17 9:36 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JAYSON WERTH SCORED JIMMY ROLLINS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J WERTH ON SECOND, R HOWARD ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2
    PHILADELPHIA 8 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: R IBANEZ (.240, 1-FOR-3)

    Pirates 2, Phillies 8  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 17 9:12 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY ANDREW MCCUTCHEN ALLOWED RAUL IBANEZ TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K KENDRICK ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2
    PHILADELPHIA 7 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: S VICTORINO (.272, 1-FOR-2, HBP)

    Pirates 2, Phillies 7  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 17 8:54 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY DELWYN YOUNG SCORED RONNY CEDENO
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2
    PHILADELPHIA 6 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: A LAROCHE (.259, 0-FOR-2)

    Pirates 2, Phillies 6  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 17 8:29 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JAYSON WERTH (8) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH
    2 OUT IN THE 3RD OFF CHARLIE MORTON SCORED RYAN HOWARD AND
    PLACIDO POLANCO.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1, PHILADELPHIA 6
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: R IBANEZ (.235, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates 1, Phillies 6  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 17 8:00 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN HOWARD SCORED SHANE VICTORINO AND CARLOS
    RUIZ
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R HOWARD ON FIRST, P POLANCO ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    PHILADELPHIA 3 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: J WERTH (.331, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates 1, Phillies 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 17 7:57 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY JIMMY ROLLINS SCORED SHANE VICTORINO
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    PHILADELPHIA 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: R HOWARD (.289, 6 HR, 23 RBI)

    Pirates 1, Phillies 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 17 7:20 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 1 1 2 0
    PHILADELPHIA 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: PIT - CHARLIE MORTON
    PHI - KYLE KENDRICK

    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: S VICTORINO (.269, 8 HR, 32 RBI)
    P POLANCO (.318, 5 HR, 21 RBI)
    J ROLLINS (.391, 1 HR, 3 RBI)

    Pirates 1, Phillies 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 17 7:13 PM