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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.