Kendrick hopes to pitch Phils to sweep of Marlins
(SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Kendrick aims to continue his amazing success against Miami on Sunday when the Philadelphia Phillies try to complete a three- game sweep of the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.
Kendrick has fashioned a 12-2 mark with a 3.48 ERA in 21 games (16 starts) in his career against the Marlins. That includes a 2-0 mark with a 2.25 ERA in 2013.
The 29-year-old right-hander is coming off a home loss to the Brewers on Tuesday when he yielded nine hits and six runs -- four earned -- over five innings.
Righty Henderson Alvarez, who counters for the Marlins, has lost his first two starts. That includes Tuesday's game at Washington when he gave up six hits and three runs -- one earned -- over 5 2/3 frames. His only start against the Phillies came Sept. 24 last year when he suffered a 2-1 loss. Alvarez pitched well in that game, which was in Miami, by giving up only five hits and two runs in seven innings.
The Phillies, who have beaten the Marlins in 10 of the last 13 meetings, won in dramatic finish last night. Jimmy Rollins stroked a game-winning solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning.
With the game tied 4-4 to start the home half of the 10th, Dan Jennings (0-1) retired the first two hitters before Rollins lifted a towering fly ball down the left-field line that landed in the first row of seats.
"Jimmy is playing well. He is doing a great job, he's swinging the bat, he's setting the tone, one of the guys setting the tone at the top of the order, and he's playing good baseball," said Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg about Rollins.
Rollins finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Chase Utley added a pair of run-scoring doubles in the victory. B.J. Rosenberg (1-0) retired the Marlins in order in the top of the 10th to pick up the win.
Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and drove in three runs for the Marlins, who have lost six straight games.
Other than Rollins' homer, the Phillies did all their damage against Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi, touching the 24-year-old right-hander for two runs in the first and two more in the third.
"Not too many first-pitch strikes. After the third inning, I finally started to settle down," Eovaldi said.
04/13 09:06:40 ET