SAN FRANCISCO – Kyle Kendrick delivered another strong outing and Chase Utley and Ryan Howard both homered and drove in two runs in leading the Phillies to a 6-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
The Phillies have beaten the Giants two nights in a row to run their record to 16-18.
The Giants are 19-14.
Starting pitching report
Kendrick (4-1) pitched seven walk-free innings. He allowed six hits, two runs and struck out six.
Kendrick pitched out of a big jam in the fourth. A single and an error put runners on first and second with no outs. Kendrick roared back with strikeouts of Gregor Blanco and Brandon Belt before getting Brandon Crawford to ground out.
The Phils are 5-2 in Kendrick’s seven starts this season. The right-hander is 11-4 with a 2.44 ERA in his last 17 starts dating to mid-August.
Giants’ right-hander Tim Lincecum gave up nine hits and five runs in seven innings. He walked three and struck out seven.
The Phillies went to the bullpen with a three-run lead. Mike Adams pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two, and Jonathan Papelbon, pitching with a four-run lead after Howard’s ninth-inning homer, closed it out.
At the plate
Utley had three hits, drove in two runs and scored two. He singled in the first and scored on a hit by Howard. Utley singled in a run in the second and crushed the first pitch of the fifth inning over the wall in deep right-center for his seventh homer of the season.
Michael Young doubled home an important run with two outs in the seventh. It was his second two-out, run-scoring double in as many nights.
Howard’s ninth-inning homer was his sixth of the season.
Tyler Cloyd will come up from Triple A to start on Friday in Phoenix (see story). He takes the place of Roy Halladay, who is on the disabled list with a shoulder problem (see story).
Halladay was examined by doctors in Los Angeles on Tuesday. His condition will be updated on Wednesday (see story).
Jonathan Pettibone (2-0, 3.24) opposes Barry Zito (3-1, 3.06) in the series finale on Wednesday afternoon.