PHOENIX - Seven innings of two-run baseball on Sunday lowered Kyle Kendrick's ERA to 2.47. That mark ranks 10th in the National League. Every five days, he is making his case as one of the league's best pitchers.
Has it sunk in yet?
"No," Kendrick said after a 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. "I was talking to Roy [Halladay] the other day in the outfield about when you're going like that, you don't think about it. You just move on. Like tomorrow, I'm going to get ready for my next start. In the past, you'd wake up and feel good about yourself. 'Oh, I pitched great last night. Now I can sit on that for four days.' That's not really how I feel right now.
"Roy said that's where you want to be, talking about moving forward. You wake up and get ready for your next outing. That game's in the past. You've got to get ready for the next one, be consistent, and do that again. So, no, I haven't really thought about it."
Kendrick has pitched six or more innings and allowed two or fewer runs in seven consecutive starts.
"I'm not that same-old pitcher," he said.
On Saturday, Cliff Lee became the first Phillies player with three sacrifices in one game since Chad Ogea in 1999. It was the 15th such game since 1916. . . . After an off day Monday, the Phillies will face Cleveland righthander Scott Kazmir on Tuesday. His last start at Citizens Bank Park was Game 5 of the 2008 World Series.