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Phillies Brush Away Braves

Maybe the magic elixir is the National League, after all.

The Phillies took a quick 5-0 lead thanks to a string of hits and a couple home runs, then held on until the offense could blow it open in the ninth for an 8-3 win. Kyle Kendrick went six innings for the win — he’s now 8-3. He pitched well enough to grab a deserved win, and yes, it was — say it with me — a Kendrickian start.

The offense was the story … finally. They rattled off six-consecutive hits in the third inning, including a two-run laser-beam home run from Shane Victorino. He had four RBI. Geoff Jenkins contributed two hits to the effort, a double and single. All of the first six hitters in the lineup had two hits.

Pat Burrell also hit a homer, his 20th of the season. The Phils put it away in the ninth with a Victorino single. Before that, JC Romero and Tom Gordon did their jobs — albeit with small difficulty — to hold onto the lead. Brad Lidge pitched an easy ninth to sweep up the Braves. A good win, absolutely, and thankfully.

Associated Press photo

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