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COL@PHI: Kendrick pitches 6 2/3 en route to first win

PHILADELPHIA -- Rapidly becoming one of the unluckiest pitchers in baseball, Jacob deGrom is winless in three starts despite a 1.83 ERA for the Mets. His Saturday afternoon counterpart, Kyle Kendrick, can empathize.

After Friday's 14-inning contest, both pitchers hope to help give their respective bullpens a rest.

Kendrick finally got a win after 10 consecutive losses dating back to Aug. 6 with a win against the Rockies in his last start on Monday. He allowed six hits and four walks in his 6 2/3 innings, but managed to strand all of Colorado's baserunners. Kendrick has delivered quality starts in six of 10 appearances, but has only a 1-5 record to show for it.

DeGrom, meanwhile, has seen little in the way of run support since getting the call up to the big leagues. In 19 2/3 innings, the Mets have provided him with only two runs.

In his last start on Monday, deGrom (0-2) held Pittsburgh scoreless through 6 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and five walks while striking out four en route to a no-decision.

"My job is to keep us in the ballgame," deGrom said after his last outing. "I'm trying to go out there and do that every time. Wins will take care of themselves, I think, as long as I give us a chance."

Phillies: Hot corner issues
Cesar Hernandez took a seat for Reid Brignac at third base Friday against the Mets.

Hernandez struggled at third in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Mets. He committed one physical error and one mental error, which led to a run in the fifth inning. Hernandez just started playing third base this year.

Brignac, meanwhile, had just six plate appearances since joining the team May 9.

"A little break from the action for Cesar," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He's having a chance to get some looks over there, get some plays. I think he's the type of player that will learn from mistakes. Just being aware of the base runners, who's on first, who's on second, foot speed, some of that just comes from experience."

It does not sound like a promotion for No. 1 Triple-A prospect Maikel Franco is near, although Ruben Amaro Jr. said earlier this week it is a possibility.

Mets: Young relievers pitching in
Over the past few weeks, the Mets have overhauled their bullpen, releasing veterans Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde and calling up young arms Vic Black and Josh Edgin. The Mets have also installed Jenrry Mejia at closer, giving their entire bullpen a youthful vibe.

In addition to youth, those new arms have brought velocity. With Black and Jeurys Familia capable of throwing their fastballs in the upper 90s and Mejia sitting just a hair shy of that, the Mets have suddenly become one of the hardest- throwing groups in the league. As a result, a bullpen that ranked last in the Majors in strikeouts and strikeout rate last season has transformed those areas into strengths.

"If guys come in and they're just throwing hard, it's such a pain for hitters," Black said. "It just changes the whole complex of the way they approach their ABs. There's a lot to be said for velocity. A lot of guys are successful without it, but it gives them an extra variable to worry about."

Worth Noting
• Jimmy Rollins entered Friday hitting .111 (3-for-27) in his last seven games.

"He's going to need a day off coming up here," Sandberg said. "Him and Chase [Utley]. We'll see if I can pick a spot. But you know what? He's battling his at-bats. He's had some good at-bats. For me, he's just in a little [slump] right now as far as just not getting credited for some hits. His energy is good and he's doing fine."

• DeGrom's 1.83 ERA is the lowest for any Mets pitcher through three career starts since Dillion Gee posted a 1.80 ERA in 2010.

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