After snapping a lengthy skid to an NL East rival, the Philadelphia Phillies have a chance for their longest win streak in nearly three weeks.
Philadelphia (53-62) ended a five-game losing streak to Miami with Monday's 4-0 win and pushed the Marlins' scoreless streak to 18 innings.
Miami (52-64) has been outscored 23-10 and is batting .187 in five games since a 13-0 rout of the New York Mets on Wednesday.
The Phillies, meanwhile, are on the verge of their first three-game win streak since a run of four consecutive victories July 22-25.
Kendrick (4-9, 4.86 ERA) will try to help his team get there while hoping to bolster his chances of staying in the rotation. The right-hander didn't help himself by giving up six runs, seven hits and three walks over 3 1-3 innings of a 12-6 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday.
After the game, Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel wouldn't commit to giving Kendrick another start but said Friday that there's a "good chance" the right-hander would stay in the rotation for at least the near future.
"I guess that's how it is with me. It's been, 'What have you done for me lately?'" Kendrick told the team's website. "You always want to pitch good. I've said that before. Yeah, it was a bad outing."
Judging by his recent starts against Miami, Kendrick might have a better performance Tuesday.
Kendrick is 4-0 with a 2.22 ERA in his last five starts against the Marlins and gave up two runs over 5 1-3 innings during a 6-4 home win June 1. He's also 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA over his last three starts in Miami, the most recent on July 6, 2011.
Kendrick, though, will have to pitch opposite Josh Johnson (7-8, 3.88), who is 2-1 with a 1.75 ERA over his last four games. The Marlins' right-hander, though, is coming off a 6-1 loss to the New York Mets on Thursday in which he allowed three runs over six innings.
Johnson gave up a season-high six runs to Philadelphia during a 7-1 road loss April 11 but allowed only one run over six frames in a 6-2 win at Marlins Park on June 29. He's yielded one run in each of his last three home starts against the Phillies.
Johnson is expected to throw to Rob Brantly in Tuesday's game. The catcher, acquired July 23 in the deal that sent Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to Detroit, is set to make his major league debut against Philadelphia.
"There's going to be a lot of excitement, maybe a little butterflies, but I'm just trying to take it as business as usual," Brantly told the team's website.
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|July 09, 2012||Raul Valdes||15-Day DL||Strained right hip|
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|June 25, 2012||Brian Schneider||15-Day DL||Sprained right ankle - out 3-5 weeks|
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|July 29, 2012||Logan Morrison||15-Day DL||Right knee inflammation|
|July 23, 2012||Juan Carlos Oviedo||15-Day DL||Right elbow sprain|
|July 08, 2012||Giancarlo Stanton||15-Day DL||Arthroscopic right knee surgery|
MIAMI (AP) -- Kyle Kendrick didn't need much run support with the way he was pitching. Jimmy Rollins ' home run off Josh Johnson to start the game was more than enough.
Kendrick pitched five-hit ball for seven innings leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins .
"Kendrick was good wasn't he?" Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Yeah he was. He had a good tempo and rhythm. He got the ball, got set, and kept the flow of the game going."
Manuel earned his 700th win as a manager with the Phillies' second straight shutout. Cole Hamels opened the series between NL East rivals with a 4-0 victory.
"If the other team doesn't score, we can't lose," Manuel said.
The Phillies haven't won 1-0 behind a leadoff homer since 1969, when John Briggs connected in a win against the Dodgers.
The Marlins have not scored in a franchise-record 27 innings.
"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."
Kendrick (5-9) struck out six while throwing 61 of 87 pitches for strikes. He was lifted for pinch-hitter Laynce Nix in the eighth. Kendrick has won seven straight against the Marlins dating back to September 2008.
"I am just going to stick to who I am and I was able to do that tonight," Kendrick said. "Brian (Schneider) called a good game and I was just getting ahead pounding the sinker-changeup and getting some early contact."
Josh Lindblom and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a hitless inning. Papelbon walked Carlos Lee with two outs then got Giancarlo Stanton to ground out for his 26th save.
"It was a big win," Kendrick said. "(Johnson) was obviously pitching well. I was able to go deep enough. Josh and Pap were able to close it out, that was nice. Getting later in the game we knew that he was pitching well so we had to keep it there."
Johnson (7-9) went eight innings and allowed three hits. He struck out seven and walked one.
"Outstanding," Guillen said. "Very nice to watch. He felt pretty comfortable making big pitches on big counts."
Rollins hit Johnson's second pitch into the right field stands for his 14th homer of the year. It was his 41st career leadoff home run.
"It was supposed to be away, but it was right down the middle," Johnson said.
Miami's best opportunity to score came in the sixth after Bryan Petersen led off with a single and advanced to third on a pair of groundouts. Lee popped out to end the inning.
NOTES: Johnson is 2-3 with a 2.04 ERA in his last six starts against Philadelphia. ... Kendrick is 7-0 with a 2.28 ERA against Miami in his last nine appearances, making eight starts. ... Rollins passed Larry Bowa for most games played (1,731) at shortstop for the Phillies. ... Miami's 23-year old catcher Rob Brantly made his major league debut. Brantly, who was acquired from the Detroit Tigers on July 23, went 0 for 3. ... Before the game, Guillen and Jeff Conine chatted with Phillies left fielder Juan Pierre . All three were members of the Marlins 2003 world championship team. ... Phillies RHP Roy Halladay (6-6, 3.80 ERA) will take the mound in Wednesday's series finale against LHP Mark Buehrle (9-11, 3.80 ERA), who will be looking for his 12th consecutive 10-win season.