In what has become more the rule than the exception, Kyle Kendrick gave the Phillies yet another quality start in San Francisco Tuesday night.
The Phillies beat the Giants, 6-2, on the strength of Kendrick's stellar seven-inning outing, in which he surrendered just two runs on six hits.
Chase Utley went 3 for 5 with a home run and two RBI for the Phillies (16-18), who now have won two straight against the defending world champions after dropping consecutive home games to the lowly Miami Marlins over the weekend.
It was Utley's seventh home run of the season.
Kendrick is now 4-1 on the season. His ERA stands at 2.45 after Tuesday's win.
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Relievers Mike Adams and Jonathan Papelbon pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings to close out the game.
San Francisco (19-14) scored both its runs in the home half of the third inning on an Angel Pagan sacrifice fly and Marco Scutaro's one-run double.
The teams conclude their three-game series this afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 3:45 p.m.