Originally posted on Philly Sports Live  |  Last updated 9/11/12
The Phillies have won five consecutive games for the first time since they won six straight May 13-18, and they have won 13 of their last 17 games to improve to 70-71. It is the first time they have been one game under .500 since June 5. They are 5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card spot. Did manager Charlie Manuel think the Phillies could get back to .500 after being 14 under on July 13? “Yeah, I did,” Manuel said. “I think somewhere along the line, you do play good baseball during the season. Really good. If you stay with it, I think you’ll hit streaks. I think baseball is streaks. If you haven’t hit one during the season and you’ve got one coming … if you do it at the end of the season, it can be real rewarding.” New “Ace” Kendrick (9-10, 3.83 ERA) is helping in a big way. He is 5-1 with a 1.49 ERA (seven earned runs in 42 1/3 innings) in his last six starts, and 7-2 with a 2.34 ERA (15 earned runs in 57 2/3 innings) in 15 appearances since the All-S...
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