NEW YORK - Kyle Kendrick pitched a three-hit shutout and Ryan Howard's mammoth three-run homer to center field capped a four-run, sixth-inning outburst Friday night, lifting the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-0 win over the New York Mets in front of 21,582 at Citi Field.
The Phillies (10-14) snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the fourth time in their last 12 games. The Mets (10-11) lost for the third time in four games as they fell below .500 for the first time this year.
Kendrick (2-1) walked one, struck out five and allowed only one runner as far as second base in throwing the second shutout of his career and his first since last May 26 against the Cardinals. The complete game was his third and his first since the shutout against St. Louis.
Kendrick threw 107 pitches, including 72 strikes.
Michael Young had three hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Phillies.
The two teams were locked in a pitcher's duel until the Phillies collected all their runs off Dillon Gee (1-4) in an 11-pitch span to start the sixth inning.
Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Young all singled, with Young's single scoring Rollins, before Howard crushed Gee's 1-1 pitch to the deepest part of Citi Field.
The Mets suffered their first shutout on an evening in which manager Terry Collins unveiled a new lineup that had normal No. 2 hitter Daniel Murphy batting third, normal No. 3 hitter David Wright batting fourth and normal No. 4 hitter Ike Davis hitting seventh.
Collins moved the hot-hitting Murphy (.333 with two homers and 13 RBIs) and Wright (.301 with two homers and 17 RBIs) down in hopes of getting the type of middle-of-the-order production that has been lacking with Davis (.169 with four homers and seven RBIs) slumping.
But Murphy was 0-for-4 and Wright was 1-for-4 on Friday, and the two players made the final two outs of Kendrick's gem.
Gee allowed four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out four in six innings.
Both starters were effective in the early going on a perfect spring evening in Queens. Neither team got a runner beyond second base in the first five innings.
Gee had been hammered for seven runs on 10 hits in just three innings against the Phillies on April 9 and entered Friday with a 7.75 lifetime ERA against the Phillies. But he needed just 61 pitches - including 45 strikes - to get through the first five innings Friday.
Kendrick, who tossed six solid innings to beat the Mets on April 10, needed only 69 pitches over the first five frames.
NOTES: There was a 14-minute delay in the bottom of the first when home plate umpire Brian O'Nora exited suddenly with flu-like symptoms. O'Nora ran into the Mets' clubhouse and didn't return. The rest of the game was played with a three-man umpiring crew, with first base umpire Adrian Johnson moving behind the plate. ... Murphy entered the game hitting .253 with one homer and 12 RBIs in 181 career plate appearances as the No. 3 hitter. He hit just .207 in 58 at-bats out of the No. 3 spot last year with no homers, no RBIs and 12 strikeouts. ... Right-handed pitcher Shawn Marcum will make his season debut - and his Mets debut - when he takes the mound for Saturday afternoon's game against the Phillies. Marcum has been out all season with nerve inflammation in his neck and shoulder. Collins said he hopes Marcum, whose rehab outings came in extended spring training games, can throw up to 90 pitches. ... Phillies centerfielder Ben Revere missed his second straight game due to a sore quad. Manager Charlie Manuel said Revere could miss the entire weekend series against the Mets but that a trip to the disabled list for Revere was not under consideration. ... Phillies reliever Mike Adams is battling a tender hip. Adams appeared in 11 of the Phillies' first 22 games before he was held out of Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Pirates.