Phillies Blank Cardinals Saturday

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May 27th, 2012 by Chris Parks

ST. LOUIS — Kyle Kendrick’s first win of the year was almost worth the wait.

The right-hander was in complete control with a seven-hitter for his first career shutout, putting the Philadelphia Phillies on the verge of their first four-game sweep in St. Louis since 1913 with a 4-0 victory on Saturday night.Shane Victorino’s RBI double in the fourth was the only support Kendrick (1-4) needed. John Mayberry added a two-run double in a three-run sixth, and Hunter Pence and Brian Schneider had two hits apiece for the Phillies, who have won four in a row.Roy Halladay (4-4, 3.58) pitches in the finale on Sunday, facing Adam Wainwright (3-5. 4.78)”That’s a good offense over there, so it’s a good feeling,” Kendrick said. “I wanted to go out there and finish it, give the bullpen a little rest and watch Roy throw tomorrow.”Kendrick entered with a 5.23 ERA and the Phillies were 1-9 in the games he pitched, five of them starts. But he’s 5-1 against the Cardinals in eight games, all but two of them starts, and three of the wins have come in St. Louis.He didn’t mind that it was 94 degrees at gametime.”This is one of my favorite places to pitch, Atlanta and here,” Kendrick said. “It’s warm, I like the humidity.”Jaime Garcia (3-3) allowed four runs on six hits in six innings for the Cardinals, who swept a three-game series against the Padres before hitting the wall against the team they upset in the NL division series last fall.  The Cards and the Phils play again on Sunday 5/27 with a 12:20 pregame on KJAN.