R-Phils to Senators again
Reading, PA -- The Phillies put together outstanding pitching and just enough hitting to defeat the struggling Harrisburg Senators 4-1 Tuesday night.
Kyle Kendrick outdueled Collin Balester, the No. 1 prospect in the Washington organization, and Mike Costanzo delivered a two-run homer in the eighth to make things a lot easier for Anderson Garcia, who pitched a perfect ninth for his Eastern League-leading sixth save and second in two games.
Kendrick (2-2) allowed a first-inning run and two doubles, then surrendered three harmless singles over seven innings. He struck out six and walked one and lowered his ERA to 3.12. His eight innings were the most by a Phillies pitcher this season.
Balester (1-1) gave up two runs -- one earned -- and three hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked two.
Back-to-back errors in the first inning cost him a run, and his wild pitch scored the second run in the fourth.
The Phillies began the night as the top hitting team in the Eastern League with a .277 average. But the hits were hard to come by till Costanzo, who got a 3-0 green light from manager P.J. Forbes, blasted a shot high and deep to right-center. It was the team's fourth hit of the night and their first extra-base hit.
The Phillies improved to 11-6. The Senators fell to 3-14 and 0-7 against the Phillies.
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