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Rollins' leadoff homer stands up as Phils blank Marlins again

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MIAMI -- Kyle Kendrick wasn't attempting to be Cole Hamels, but he sure looked liked him Tuesday.

Kendrick threw seven scoreless innings for the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1-0 win over the Miami Marlins.

The Phillies also blanked the Marlins 4-0 on Monday, with Hamels throwing a complete game.

"I'm not going to try to be Cole, I'm not Cole," Kendrick said. "I was just trying to give us a chance to win, that was the main thing tonight."

Kendrick (5-9) struck out six and allowed five hits to improve to 9-2 against the Marlins in his career.

"I am just going to stick to who I am, and I was able to do that tonight," Kendrick said. "(Catcher) Brian (Schneider) called a good game, and I was just getting ahead pounding the sinker-changeup and getting some early contact."

Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a home run to right field to provide the only scoring.

"If the other team doesn't score, we can't lose," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 26th save in 29 chances by pitching a scoreless ninth after Josh Lindblom pitched the eighth.

The Marlins have been held scoreless for their last 27 innings, a club record.

"Offensively, we couldn't get anything going," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "After the last couple guys pitching, I thought today looked a little easier. I was wrong."

Marlins starter Josh Johnson (7-9) tossed eight innings, allowing one run and three hits while striking out seven.

"My job is to go out there and put up zero," Johnson said. "I gave up one, so it's my fault."

Miami had a chance to score in the sixth, but Carlos Lee popped out to end the inning, leaving Bryan Petersen stranded at third base.

Rollins' homer was his 14th of the season.

"It was supposed to be away, but it was right down the middle," Johnson said.

The Phillies would not record another hit until the fourth, when Domonic Brown reached base with a two-out single and advanced to second on a pickoff error by Johnson. However, John Mayberry Jr. popped out to second to end the inning.

Miami's Jose Reyes led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, but he was caught stealing by Schneider. Lee followed with a base hit, but Kendrick was able to retire the next two batters.

NOTES: Rollins led off a game with a homer for the fourth time this season and the 41st time in his career. He also passed Larry Bowa for most games played at shortstop for the Phillies (1,731). ... Marlins catcher Rob Brantly made his major league debut and went 0-for-3. He is expected to share time with veteran John Buck. "We're going to take a look at the kid," Guillen said. "It's our job to make the lineup and make sure the kid gets plenty of game time and, other hand, I'm not going to leave John on the bench." ... Johnson came into the game with a 2-2 record and 2.27 ERA in his last five starts against the Phillies. ... Phillies pitchers are 4-1 with a 0.41 ERA in their last five road games. ... By winning the first two games of the three-game series, Philadelphia opened a 2 1/2-game edge on Miami in the battle to avoid last place in the NL East. ... The Marlins were shut out for the 13th time this season, surpassing their total from 2011. ... Philadelphia third baseman Placido Polanco (back) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with high Class A Clearwater. If it goes well, Polanco is expected to be activated Monday and split time with Kevin Frandsen.
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