Kyle Kendrick and the bullpen struggled through the middle innings as the Phillies coughed up an early four-run lead in Friday's 13-4 loss in the 2013 home opener.
Bases loaded triples from Alex Gordon and Chris Getz were the big blows as the Kansas City Royals piled on 13 unanswered runs on Friday afternoon. Though starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick was charged with the first five runs, he was only on the mound to see two of them.
The Royals went 11 for 19 against relievers Jeremy Horst, Chad Durbin and Raul Valdes and plated 11 runs after Kendrick departed after 5 2/3 innings.For the Royals, Eric Hosmer had four hits and Getz and Gordon collected three hits apiece.
The Phillies, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley collected a pair of hits while Dom Brown and Erik Kratz slugged their first homers of the season. However, after getting nine hits in the first 2 1/3 innings, the Phillies did not get a hit for the rest of the game.
The Phillies and Royals continue the series on Saturday night when lefty John Lannan makes his Phils' debut against Luis Mendoza.