In Los Angeles Sunday, the Dodgers topped Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies, 6-1. Kyle (7-5) went 6 innings and was charged with 4 runs on 10 hits and 1 walk. Jake Diekman allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk, retiring just 1 hitter, while Ryan Howard, Domonic Brown and Carlos Ruiz combined to go 1 for 10. The Phillies open a series in Pittsbugh Tuesday against the Pirates, who have won 9 straight...........In Denver, the Giants snapped their 6 game losing streak, with a 5-2 win over the Rockies. Josh Outman tossed 2 scoreless frames (3 hits, 2 Ks) for Colorado......In Arlington, the Rangers edged the Reds, 3-2. Alfredo Simon pitched a scoreless frame for Cincinnati.
Michael Bourn has left the Indians on paternity leave, and I failed to notice the other day that Freddy Galvis has been optioned back to Lehigh Valley. Speaking of the IronPigs, Ethan Martin won his International League leading 9th game, with 8 shut out innings against Toledo in a 4-0 IronPigs win. Martin, who was acquired by the Phillies from the Dodgers in the Shane Victorino trade, allowed only 2 hits and 3 walks to pick up the win. Steve Susdorf (.318) had 2 hits and scored 2 runs for Lehigh Valley.......In New Britain, Maikel Franco had 3 more hits, including his 4 home run since his promotion, and drove in 3 runs to pace the Reading Fightin Phils to an 8-2 win over the Rock Cats. Brody Colvin (3-1) pitched 8 strong innings, giving up just 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks to get the victory.
In Pawtucket, Randy Ruiz (.339) had 2 hits, including his 5th home run, and drove in 2 runs for the RailRiders, as they topped the Red Sox, 9-6. Mike Zaguski was the winning pitcher, despite allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in 2 innings of work......................In Sacramento, Michael Taylor (.319) was 3 for 3 and drove ina run for the River Cats, as they defeated Reno, 5-3.