Ryan Howard homered in his return to the starting lineup and Kyle Kendrick pitched into the eighth inning, helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-4 last night. Chase Utley had two hits and scored twice and Geoff Jenkins added two hits and an RBI for the Phillies, who have won three straight and six of seven.
Nate McLouth hit his fourth home run of the season and Freddy Sanchez had two hits and an RBI for the Pirates, who have lost three in a row and nine of 11. For the second straight game, Philadelphia jumped out to a 6-0 lead against Pittsburgh. The Phillies scored five runs in the first and sent 10 batters to the plate against starter Matt Morris.