Kyle Kendrick (10-11) pitched 6 2-3 strong innings, and Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz, Kevin Frandsen and Chase Utley belted solo jacks, as the Phillies narrowed the Wild Card gap to three in a 6-2 win Friday night.
Beerleaguer: This feels like Phillies baseball again, particularly at home. Start with Kendrick, who has become the complete package. It marks the fourth time in his career he's won 10 games or more, and as the broadcasters have stressed, it's all in his change-up and what it's done to cut down left-handed hitters. Meanwhile, allow yourself to gawk at eight RBIs by Ryan Howard in the last three games for a season total of 54 in 65 games. For a one-legged, one-tooled slugger, it's not bad. It's really not. Great night for Carlos Ruiz, too. With the exception of the dang standings, this looks and feels like the Phils, including a tight and explosive little lineup.