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Phillies' Kendrick beats Marlins 10th straight time

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PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick continued his mastery of the Miami Marlins on Monday night. Teammate Domonic Brown continued his mastery of just about everyone.

Kendrick (6-3) pitched a complete game to beat the Marlins for the 10th consecutive time and Brown hit his National League-leading 17th home run, as the Phillies topped Miami 7-2.

It was also the ninth homer in 10 games for Brown, who learned earlier in the day he had been named National League Player of the Month for May and NL Player of the Week for the second straight week. He went 3-for-4 in all on Monday, pacing an 11-hit attack.

"He's locked in," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He's hitting everything."

"It's been fun," Brown said. "I'm just trying to keep it going."

Same for Kendrick, who allowed two runs on six hits while pitching his second complete game of the season and the fourth of his career. His winning streak against Miami equaled the active 10-game streaks by teammate Roy Halladay (against Baltimore) and the Yankees' Andy Pettitte (against Kansas City) for the major league's longest string against one team.

Kendrick, who struck out five and walked one Monday, is now 12-2 in his career against Miami. It is his most victories against any team.

Kendrick retired the last 15 batters he faced, and 20 of 21. He also hit his first major-league triple in a three-run fifth inning, and later scored.

"It was fun," he said. "The hit was pretty awesome. My dad was here for that. I'm sure he enjoyed it. ... It was a fun night."

Erik Kratz and Delmon Young also homered for the Phillies, who won their second straight and snapped Miami's three-game winning streak.

"It was a good game for the first four innings," Redmond said. "In the fifth and sixth they put some good at-bats together. We couldn't hold them down. They got a couple big hits, a couple big home runs."

Marlins starter Tom Koehler, still in search of his first big-league victory, allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits in five innings of work. He struck out four and walked two.

With Miami leading 2-0, Kratz led off the fifth with his seventh home run of the year. One out later, Kendrick hit his triple to center. Ben Revere singled through a drawn-in infield to drive him home.

Revere, who had been mired in a 1-for-17 slump before the hit, stole second and continued to third on a throwing error by catcher Rob Brantly. Revere scored the go-ahead run on a grounder by Cesar Hernandez, the first RBI of Hernandez's six-game-old major league career.

The Phillies then took command by scoring four times in the sixth. Ryan Howard led off with a double, and Brown battled Koehler through an eight-pitch at-bat before blasting a 2-2 pitch into the right-field seats.

"A guy like that, you've got to try to pitch around him," Redmond said. "We were throwing a lot of breaking balls. We made a mistake to him, and he hit it."

The left-handed-hitting Brown said his mindset heading into the at-bat was to pull a pitch to the right side and get Howard over to third base with fewer than two outs.

"I think (Koehler) just left a pitch up," Brown said. "He wasn't trying to throw it there, I don't think. He was trying to throw it outside."

Young followed with his fifth homer of the year, and one out later, Freddy Galvis tripled. Kendrick brought him home with an infield bouncer.

The Marlins had taken a 2-0 lead on consecutive one-out RBI singles by Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna in the third.

NOTES: Phillies 3B Michael Young was reinstated from the bereavement/family emergency list Monday after dealing with his infant son's unspecified illness. INF Michael Martinez was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for Young. ... Brown had 12 homers and 25 RBIs in May. He had seven and 13, respectively, last week. ... The Marlins reinstated 1B Casey Kotchman from the 60-day disabled list after he missed 55 games with a strained left hamstring. They also recalled LHP Edgar Olmos from Double-A Jacksonville, designated LHP Wade LeBlanc for assignment and optioned OF Jordan Brown to Triple-A New Orleans. ... Miami CF Chris Coghlan extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a leadoff double in the second.
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