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Pitching duel shelved late after Kendrick's sharp night

CINCINNATI -- Only a hard rain could halt a scoreless tie late Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.

It suspended the game between the Phillies and Reds in the middle of the ninth inning. The game is set to resume at 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

The series finale is scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m.

It is the first time the Phillies have had a game suspended since Game 5 of the 2008 World Series.

Maybe the Phillies can get Geoff Jenkins to pinch-hit to get the offense going -- his pinch-hit double in Game 5 after a two-day break led to a Phillies run -- because they have had a ridiculously hard time scoring runs during this six-game road trip.

They have not scored a run before the sixth inning in a game since Wednesday, when they scored five runs in the first inning against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park. The feeble Phillies offense has wasted fine pitching performances from Cole Hamels on Saturday, Cliff Lee on Monday and possibly Kyle Kendrick on Tuesday.

They picked up just two hits in the first eight innings Tuesday against Reds right-hander Homer Bailey: Michael Young's infield single in the second and Chase Utley's single to right in the fourth.

"Anytime they want to, we can start hitting the ball and scoring some runs," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said before the game. "We've gone like four or five games, and you look up there and four or five innings we don't have no runs. I'm not panicking or nothing, but if we're going to win games we've got to play. The bottom line is we've got to put our game together."

The only reason the Phillies have won two games on this trip is because the starting pitching has saved them. The Marlins and Reds have scored a combined one run before the sixth inning in the first five games of this six-game road trip, which concludes Wednesday.

Imagine if Phillies starters had struggled.

Kendrick had a tall task ahead of him, but handled it well. Left-handers had hit a robust .480 (12-for-25) against him in his first two starts, and he had to face left-handed hitters Shin-Soo Choo, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Xavier Paul. But those four left-handers went 0-for-11 with one walk, three strikeouts and six groundouts.

Right-handers had hit just .167 (4-for-24) against Kendrick, but they fared only a little better. Zack Cozart singled in the first and Ryan Hanigan singled in the fifth for the only two hits he allowed.

Kendrick (1-1, 3.38 ERA) allowed two hits, two walks and struck out four in seven scoreless innings.

But Bailey was even more dominant, striking out 10 batters to tie a career high in eight scoreless innings.

"You know what was good?" Manuel said afterward. "Kendrick was matching him. They didn't hit neither. … We're hanging on a zero today. We'll see if we can bust that tomorrow."

When play resumes Wednesday Phillies right-hander Phillippe Aumont will face Cozart.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for
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