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After one of Philadelphia’s aces ended the San Francisco Giants’
longest winning streak of the season, Kyle Kendrick hopes to keep
showing he’s now a solid piece in the rotation.

Kendrick tries for a fourth straight win Tuesday night while
looking to help the Phillies to a second consecutive victory over
the streaky Giants.

Cliff Lee threw eight strong innings and Michael Young had three
hits with two RBIs as Philadelphia (15-18) snapped San Francisco’s
six-game win streak with a 6-2 victory Monday.

That kicked off a seven-game trip for the Phillies after they
had lost four of six, including 14-2 to lowly Miami on Sunday. They
hope Monday’s performance could be the start of something
positive.

“That’s more of what we are right there, no doubt,” Lee said.
“We definitely haven’t been playing up to our potential. We’ve been
far short of that, to be honest with you. I think (Monday) is more
of a real depiction of what we are.

“I expect us to pick it up a little bit. We underperformed this
first month, and it’s time for us to turn it on. Tonight was a good
start in that direction.”

Lee is 3-2 with a 3.26 ERA and the only one of the Phillies’
star trio along with Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels – a combined 3-8
with a 6.19 ERA – to boast a winning record. Halladay was placed on
the disabled list Monday with a shoulder injury.

Kendrick (3-1, 2.43 ERA), meanwhile, has been Philadelphia’s
most consistent starter. The team is 4-2 in games he’s started.

The right-hander has yielded six runs – four on homers – in 35
innings to go 3-0 in his past five starts. Kendrick tossed a
three-hit shutout against the New York Mets on April 26, then beat
the Marlins on Thursday when he allowed two runs in seven innings
of a 7-2 win.

“I’ve always kind of expected this,” the seven-year veteran
said. “It hasn’t always been there. Hopefully now I can be
consistent every time out. I feel comfortable and confident I can
do that.”

Kendrick pitched 4 1-3 scoreless innings of relief versus San
Francisco last season, but he’s 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA in two starts
against the Giants.

Young, who entered Monday in a 3-for-19 slump, is batting .333
both at home and on the road.

The only time he faced scheduled San Francisco starter Tim
Lincecum (2-1, 4.41) came in the 2010 World Series while with
Texas, going 1 for 6. Lincecum went 1-1 in three games versus the
Phillies in the NL championship series that year, but he’s since
gone 3-1 in four regular-season starts against them with a 2.70
ERA.

Lincecum, however, is coming off arguably his worst effort of
the season, giving up five runs and 10 hits in five innings
Wednesday before the Giants rallied for a 9-6 win at Arizona.

“I could have done better hitting some spots,” the right-hander
said. “Balls were falling in here in there that I didn’t like, but
if I execute pitches and keep them down in the zone better, I’ll
fare better next time out.”

Ex-Phillie Hunter Pence homered and had three of the five hits
Monday for the Giants (19-13), whose last three weeks have included
win streaks of six and four games as well as losing streaks of five
and three.

Pence, traded from Philadelphia to San Francisco in July, is 10
for 20 with two homers and six RBIs in five games this month. He’s
batting .480 in the last six at AT&T Park.