The first batter to face Kyle Kendrick following a no-hitter on Monday was Jason Heyward. He lined a pitch into right field for a double.
Monday was a distant memory as the Braves loaded the bases off Kendrick in the first inning. But back-to-back strikeouts set off a strong outing by Kendrick.
Backed by two RBI from Carlos Ruiz, the Phillies claimed a series for the fourth time in the last five series, beating the Braves on Tuesday by a score of 4-0 at Turner Field.
The Phillies struck for the game’s first run in the fifth as Ruiz belted a solo home run to left to put the Phillies on the board.
They passed the lead in the sixth with an RBI single by Darin Ruf. Two more runs scored in the eighth on an RBI double by Ruiz and a sacrifice fly by Maikel Franco. In Franco’s major-league debut, he was 0-for-3.
Kendrick worked one of his best starts of the season, allowing three hits and two walks while hitting two batters in seven innings. He struck out four in the scoreless outing.
Ken Giles remained dominant in his inning of relief, striking out two and making a nice play on the mound in a perfect eighth.
Antonio Bastardo finished off the game with a scoreless ninth, striking out the side.
It was the first time the Phillies had posted shutouts in back-to-back games since Aug. 13 and 14.
Ruf and Ruiz both posted multi-hit games. Ruiz went 2-for-3 while Ruf was 2-for-4. Ben Revere also posted a multi-hit effort, going 2-for-5 with two stolen bases, upping his average to .311.
The Phillies improved to 64-74 with the win and can sweep the series on Wednesday afternoon. David Buchanan gets the start against Ervin Santana.
L: Mike Minor (6-9)