Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown hit solo homers to back Kyle Kendrick and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 Thursday night.

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Kendrick (3-1) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings to earn his ninth straight win against the Marlins, dating to May 28, 2010.

Justin Ruggiano hit a solo shot for Miami. Alex Sanabia (2-4) gave up four runs -- two earned -- and six hits in five innings.

Kendrick followed up a three-hitter against the New York Mets with his fifth consecutive solid start. He's outpitched Philadelphia's three aces -- Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee so far. While they have three Cy Young Awards, a World Series MVP Award and 14 All-Star appearances on their resumes, Kendrick has never won more than 11 games in a season.

 

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