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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Phils rout Cards to stay at 9,999 losses   Send a link to a friend

[July 14, 2007]  PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Kyle Kendrick had another effective outing and drove in two runs, and the Philadelphia Phillies stayed on 9,999 losses with a 13-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.

Chase Utley had a homer, four hits and three RBIs, and Greg Dobbs also had four hits for the Phillies, who had a season-high 23, four shy of the team record.

Albert Pujols of the Cardinals hit his 17th homer, his first since June 14.

Kendrick (4-0) has been a pleasant surprise since he was called up from Double-A Reading in June to take the injured Freddy Garcia's spot in the rotation. Kendrick has pitched at least six innings in all six of his starts, hasn't allowed more than four earned runs and provided a needed lift to a staff that has been decimated by injuries.

The Phillies have long tired of questions about becoming the first professional sports team to reach an unwanted record: 10,000 losses. Philadelphia rocked starter Kip Wells (3-12) for five runs in the first inning and scored nine runs by the fifth, leaving the ignominious mark for another game.

"It's going to happen. It's inevitable," Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said before the game. "We could be perfect, but I doubt it."

Fans draped a banner over the second deck that read "7 Stadiums, 52 managers, 2150 players, 10,000 loses."

Yes, "loses." Maybe the fans can't spell, but the Phillies at least gave them another shot at getting it right this weekend.

Still, 125 years with one World Series title (1980) to show for all those losses doesn't keep the fans from filling Citizens Bank Park. The crowd of 43,838 was the 13th sellout of the season. Saturday's game is sold out and less than 5,000 tickets remain for Sunday.

Rollins (0-for-15), Utley (2-for-12) and Ryan Howard (1-for-9) all had horrible career numbers against Wells, thought none of it mattered in the first. Rollins hit a leadoff double, Utley had an RBI single and Howard doubled as part of a seven-hit, five-run inning. Kendrick singled up the middle for his first career RBI.

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Utley's RBI single made it 6-0 in the second and that chased Wells. He allowed eight hits, six runs -- four earned -- in one-plus innings, his shortest outing of the season. Wells had been 5-0 career against the Phillies.

Kendrick pitched seven innings in the longest stint of his brief major league career, allowing one run and four hits. He had two hits and earned a rousing ovation when he batted in the sixth. His sacrifice fly in the fourth made it 8-0.

Pujols hit a solo shot off J.C Romero in the eighth, his first homer in 77 at-bats.

Rollins hit a two-run homer in the eighth.

One online site,, offers Phillies fans an opportunity to share stories and buy a T-shirt or pint glass stamped with the box score from the 10,000th loss. There was a message posted on the Web site for fans to meet at the Connie Mack statue outside the ballpark following the 10,000th loss and "parade" across the street to a nearby sports bar.

The only thing those fans could raise a glass to on Friday was a lopsided win.

Notes: There was a moment of silence for longtime major league umpire Shag Crawford. Crawford died Wednesday. He was 90. ... SS David Eckstein, just activated off the DL, was not in St. Louis' starting lineup. Manager Tony La Russa said he was available to pinch hit and should start the final two games of the series. ... Phillies LF Pat Burrell, already the No. 1 target for the boo birds, heard them in the seventh when he dropped a routine fly ball. Burrell added a sacrifice fly in the seventh that made it 11-1.

[Associated Press; by DAN GELSTON]


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