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Kendrick continues quality run for Phils starters

CINCINNATI -- Kyle Kendrick extended a streak of seven consecutive quality starts for the Phillies on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.

Kendrick allowed two hits, two walks and struck out four in seven scoreless innings against the Reds in a game suspended in the middle of the ninth inning because of rain. Cincinnati scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to win, 1-0, when play resumed on Wednesday.

Kendrick, who is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts this season, has thrown two consecutive quality starts. He held Reds left-handed hitters hitless in 11 at-bats on Tuesday. Lefties had hit .480 (12-for-25) against him in his first two starts, while righties had hit .167 (4-for-24).

Perhaps Kendrick is turning things back in the right direction. Lefties hit .306 with an .888 OPS against him from 2007-11 before hitting just .238 with a .701 OPS against him last season. Righties hit .260 with a .702 OPS from 2007-11 and .269 with a .760 OPS last season.

"It's totally different," Kendrick said of his recent success against lefties. "I didn't have a changeup when I faced these guys. It's just different. Different pitcher. I can pitch in more to lefties now. I can throw strikes more. It's not just one side of the plate."

About the rotation's recent success, Kendrick said, "I think we're getting in a good rhythm. The starters are trying to pitch deep in games and give us a chance to win. We've been doing a pretty good job of that lately. Hopefully we can keep it going and win some games."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for
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