PHILADELPHIA -- Kyle Kendrick continued his impressive run with another excellent start, helping the Philadelphia Phillies avoid a three-game sweep with a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday afternoon.
Mike Baxter and Scott Hairston hit solo homers for the Mets, who finished 7-2 at Citizens Bank Park this season.
Kevin Frandsen had four hits and an RBI for the Phillies.
Kendrick (8-9) gave up two runs and seven hits in 7 2-3 innings to outpitch Jonathon Niese (10-8).
Kendrick bounced back-and-forth between the bullpen and the starting rotation most of the season, but he's made a dramatic turnaround since rejoining the rotation after Joe Blanton was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this month.
Kendrick is 4-0 with a 1.24 ERA in four starts. He's allowed just 19 hits in 29 innings, and has 22 strikeouts with only three walks in that span.
Niese gave up three runs and nine hits in six innings.
Kendrick's performance overshadowed the benching of Jimmy Rollins. The former NL MVP was pulled by manager Charlie Manuel after a pair of baserunning mistakes in the sixth.
Raul Valdes retired one batter on one pitch after replacing Kendrick in the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth for his 250th career save and 30th in 33 tries this year.
Papelbon hit Justin Turner in the front of the helmet with a 94 mph fastball with two outs in the ninth. Turner appeared fine and left the game for a faster pinch runner, Andres Torres. Papelbon then retired Josh Thole to end it.
Down 2-0, the Phillies got single runs in three straight innings to take the lead. Rollins hit a double with two outs in the third and Frandsen followed with an RBI single to cut it to 2-1.
John Mayberry Jr. led off with a single in the fourth and scored when Ty Wigginton smoked a double to center.
The Phillies used small ball from their sluggers to get the go-ahead run in the fifth. Frandsen started with a line-drive double to left. Chase Utley advanced him on a groundout, and Ryan Howard followed with a sacrifice fly to center to make it 3-2.
Rollins got in trouble in the sixth after Kendrick ripped a ground-rule double to straightaway center to start the inning. Kendrick went to third on a passed ball by catcher Thole.
Rollins followed with an infield popup. There was confusion among the Mets infielders and Niese dropped the ball for an error. Rollins didn't run hard down the and only reached first on the play. He stole second base, but then got tagged out in a rundown after Frandsen hit a grounder to second.
Manuel appeared irritated by Rollins' blunders and pulled him after the inning. Rollins angered Manuel earlier in the month when he failed to hustle on an infield groundout.
Baxter led off the game with a drive to right-center to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Both of his homers this year came in this series.
Hairston put the Mets up 2-0 when he connected to left with one out in the second inning.
Notes: The Phillies are 16-12 in August. They've won at least 16 games in August in eight straight seasons. ... Wigginton has 15 of his 40 RBIs this season vs. the Mets. ... Phillies C Steven Lerud singled for his first major league hit. ... Hairston has six homers and 9 RBIs vs. Philadelphia in 14 games. He has nine homers and 35 RBIs against the rest of the majors. ... The Phillies have won six straight day games at home. ... New York is 10-5 vs. the Phillies. ... The Mets extended their affiliation with Double-A Binghamton through the 2016 season.
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