MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins are on the verge of their longest win streak of the season but could have a formidable challenge on their hands.
The Philadelphia Phillies’ Kyle Kendrick has dominated the Marlins in recent matchups and will try to win his 10th straight decision in the series Monday night.
The Marlins (16-41) used some strong pitching performances to win the first two games against the New York Mets this weekend before rallying for an 11-6 victory Sunday.
A day after ending a 16-game hit streak, Marcell Ozuna went 3 for 5 with a career-high four RBIs. Chris Coghlan had four hits and drove in two runs after going 3 for 4 with two RBIs in an 8-1 victory Saturday.
“The last three games have been pretty fun to watch,” manager Mike Redmond said. “It’s a different atmosphere (in the clubhouse) and definitely guys turned it up the last three days and hopefully we can keep it going.”
Miami outscored the Mets 24-8 during its three-game sweep and will next seek its first four-game win streak since June 27-July 1. That run included a three-game home sweep of Philadelphia (27-30).
The Phillies, though, will send out Kendrick (5-3, 3.27 ERA), who has won nine straight decisions over the Marlins and is 8-0 with a 2.24 ERA in his last 10 starts in the series.
Kendrick’s nine-game win streak is tied for the second-longest active run against one opponent. Teammate Roy Halladay has won 10 in a row over Baltimore and the New York Yankees’ Andy Pettitte has won 10 straight against Kansas City.
Kendrick has a 1.72 ERA in winning his last five matchups with Miami, and gave up two runs in seven innings in his lone meeting this season, a 7-2 victory May 2.
The right-hander heads into this matchup after allowing two runs and four hits in six innings in Wednesday’s 4-3 win over Boston. He had a 7.36 ERA in losing his previous two starts.
Philadelphia has won six of 10 games against Miami this season and enters this series after holding on to beat Milwaukee 7-5 Sunday to snap a three-game skid.
Domonic Brown continued his torrid clip with a homer, triple and four RBIs. He is batting .400 with nine home runs and 20 RBIs in his last 13 games.
“The skills and talent are there,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “The more consistent he gets, the better he’s going to get.”
Brown and the Phillies will next try to deny Tom Koehler (0-3, 3.22) his first major league win.
The right-hander has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his five all-time starts – four this season – but has received a combined five runs of support. He gave up three runs over a career-high eight innings Wednesday against Tampa Bay but took the loss in a 3-1 defeat.
This will be his first start against the Phillies, though he gave up three runs in two innings of relief in Philadelphia on May 2.
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