ATLANTA - Kyle Kendrick is getting a little greedy.
But that's OK. Greed is good in this case. He had thrown six shutout innings last night against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field before he allowed three runs in the seventh inning of an 8-3 win the Phillies badly needed after playing poorly last month against the American League.
Those runs snapped his scoreless-innings streak at 14.
"I lost my focus a little bit," Kendrick said. "That shouldn't happen. It really shouldn't happen. I'm glad we won the game, but the way I was going, I feel like I shouldn't have given up any runs."
Kendrick is 8-3 with a 4.58 ERA this season. He is 5-1 with a 3.86 ERA in his last seven starts.
The Phillies are 14-3 in his starts.
Coincidentally, the team is 3-14 when Brett Myers starts. The Phillies just optioned him to triple-A Lehigh Valley to boost his confidence and correct his mechanical problems. Kendrick said he feels no extra pressure to perform now that Myers is out of the rotation, and he shouldn't. He's proven himself since he joined the Phillies last season.
"Kendrick has been nice to have ever since he showed up," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's always taken us to a point in the game where we can win it. Almost every time he pitches. Even when they score runs early off him. But he's been absolutely great for us. I don't know where we would have been last year or this year without him."
Kendrick is 18-8 in 37 career starts in the majors, and the Phillies are an impressive 26-11 when he has pitched.
"It's always nice when you win," Kendrick said.
It's also nice to see the Phillies hit, which they haven't done much of lately.
They took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Pat Burrell hit his 20th home run of the season. Burrell has had eight consecutive 20-homer seasons. The only other player in franchise history to accomplish that feat was Mike Schmidt, who had 14 straight from 1974 to 1987.
Shane Victorino homered and had four RBIs.
The Phillies scored four runs in the third inning to take a 5-0 lead and added three in the ninth.
They had 14 hits. That was the most for the team since it had 21 on June 13 in a 20-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
And the Phillies got more quality pitching from Kendrick, even if he thinks he should have done better.