The Miami Marlins are on the verge of their longest win streak of the season but could have a formidable challenge on their hands.
The Marlins (16-41) used some strong pitching performances to win the first two games against the New York Mets this weekend before rallying for an 11-6 victory Sunday.
A day after ending a 16-game hit streak, Marcell Ozuna went 3 for 5 with a career-high four RBIs. Chris Coghlan had four hits and drove in two runs after going 3 for 4 with two RBIs in an 8-1 victory Saturday.
"The last three games have been pretty fun to watch," manager Mike Redmond said. "It's a different atmosphere (in the clubhouse) and definitely guys turned it up the last three days and hopefully we can keep it going."
Miami outscored the Mets 24-8 during its three-game sweep and will next seek its first four-game win streak since June 27-July 1. That run included a three-game home sweep of Philadelphia (27-30).
The Phillies, though, will send out Kendrick (5-3, 3.27 ERA), who has won nine straight decisions over the Marlins and is 8-0 with a 2.24 ERA in his last 10 starts in the series.
Kendrick's nine-game win streak is tied for the second-longest active run against one opponent. Teammate Roy Halladay has won 10 in a row over Baltimore and the New York Yankees ' Andy Pettitte has won 10 straight against Kansas City.
Kendrick has a 1.72 ERA in winning his last five matchups with Miami, and gave up two runs in seven innings in his lone meeting this season, a 7-2 victory May 2.
The right-hander heads into this matchup after allowing two runs and four hits in six innings in Wednesday's 4-3 win over Boston. He had a 7.36 ERA in losing his previous two starts.
Philadelphia has won six of 10 games against Miami this season and enters this series after holding on to beat Milwaukee 7-5 Sunday to snap a three-game skid.
Domonic Brown continued his torrid clip with a homer, triple and four RBIs. He is batting .400 with nine home runs and 20 RBIs in his last 13 games.
"The skills and talent are there," manager Charlie Manuel said. "The more consistent he gets, the better he's going to get."
Brown and the Phillies will next try to deny Tom Koehler (0-3, 3.22) his first major league win.
The right-hander has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his five all-time starts - four this season - but has received a combined five runs of support. He gave up three runs over a career-high eight innings Wednesday against Tampa Bay but took the loss in a 3-1 defeat.
This will be his first start against the Phillies, though he gave up three runs in two innings of relief in Philadelphia on May 2.
Michael Young has returned to the Phillies after missing five games to tend to his nine-month old son after the boy was hospitalized. Young's son has been discharged and is doing better. Young is available to come off the bench.
|May 27, 2013||Alex Sanabia||15-Day DL||Right groin discomfort|
|May 19, 2013||Matt Diaz||15-Day DL||Left knee bone contusion|
|May 08, 2013||Chris Valaika||15-Day DL||Fractured left wrist|
|May 06, 2013||Donovan Solano||15-Day DL||Strained left intercostal muscle|
|April 30, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|April 29, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right hamstring|
|May 22, 2013||Chase Utley||Day-to-Day||Sore Ribcage|
|May 21, 2013||Chase Utley||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|May 20, 2013||Ryan Howard||Day-to-Day||Sore left knee|
|May 20, 2013||Carlos Ruiz||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|May 19, 2013||Carlos Ruiz||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|May 11, 2013||Mike Adams||15-Day DL||Right back strain|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Domonic Brown took a hop and skip out of the batter's box, made an exaggerated bat flip, stutter-stepped around first base like Rickey Henderson , and exchanged a choreographed hand shake with Ryan Howard at the plate followed by a semi-bow.
If he keeps hitting like this, Brown can be as flashy as he wants.
Brown hit his eighth homer in eight games to back Kyle Kendrick 's six-hitter, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 Monday night.
"I'm not really big on numbers," Brown said. "I watch my at-bats every day, see which ones are good and try to keep improving."
Delmon Young and Erik Kratz also went deep for the Phillies. Brown, the NL player of the month for May, continued his torrid hitting by going 3 for 4. He had 12 homers and 25 RBIs last month, and already has connected twice and driven in six runs in June.
"In the last two or three weeks, he's put a lot of energy in our game," manager Charlie Manuel said.
Kendrick (6-3) retired his last 15 batters and beat the Marlins for the 12th time in 14 decisions. He lowered his ERA to 3.12 with his second complete game of the season and fourth in his career.
The Phillies trailed 2-0 before scoring three in the fifth and chasing Tom Koehler (0-4) with four in the sixth.
Kratz led off the fifth with a shot that barely cleared the wall in left-center. One out later, Kendrick ripped a liner to center and hustled into third with a headfirst dive for his first career triple. Ben Revere 's RBI single tied it at 2. Revere was 2 for 21 before the hit.
Revere stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error by Rob Brantly and scored on Cesar Hernandez 's RBI groundout that gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead. It was the first career RBI for Hernandez.
Brown extended the lead to 5-2 with a two-run shot in the sixth. He leads the NL with 17 homers, and certainly isn't lacking confidence.
The 25-year-old outfielder is starting to show more swagger with each drive out of the ballpark.
"That's just an inside thing with me and Ryan," Brown said of his celebration with Howard. "I'm not going to get into it."
The lanky left fielder has eight homers, 15 RBIs and has raised his average from .257 to .291 during an eight-game hitting streak.
Ryan Webb replaced Koehler and gave up a long homer to Young. Freddy Galvis tripled and scored on Kendrick's grounder to make it 7-2.
The last-place Marlins were coming off their first sweep of the season, over the New York Mets , and were seeking their first four-game winning streak.
They jumped ahead 2-0 in the third on RBI singles by Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna .
Then, it was all Phillies.
"It was a good game for the first four innings," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Then they put some good at-bats together and we couldn't hold them down."
NOTES: Phillies 3B Michael Young was back after missing five games to tend to his 9-month-old son, who was hospitalized. The boy has been discharged and is doing better. INF Michael Martinez was sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for Young. ... Miami CF Chris Coghlan extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... The Marlins are 10-11 against the Mets and Phillies, 6-31 vs. the rest of the majors. ... Ricky Nolasco (3-6, 3.69 ERA) faces Phillies rookie Jonathan Pettibone (3-1, 3.64) on Tuesday night.
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