By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor

Kyle Kendrick tossed a complete game shutout and Ryan Howard hit a majestic three-run home run to lead the Phillies past the New York Mets at Citi Field on Friday night, 4-0.
Kendrick limited the Mets to two hits and walked one while striking out five. Over his last three starts he has a 0.82 ERA, allowing two runs over 22 innings.

The Phillies got to Mets' starter Dillon Gee in the sixth with Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley each collecting singles before Michael Young knocked Rollins home with a base hit to left, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Howard then followed with his a three-run shot to center field to push the Phillies' ahead, 4-0. 

For Kendrick, the complete game was the third of his career and his second shutout. He threw 107 pitches, 73 for strikes.

The two clubs resume their three-game set Saturday afternoon with Jonathan Pettibone opposing Shaun Marcum.

- Patrick Gordon is managing editor of the Philadelphia Baseball Review. Follow him on Twitter @Philabaseball or contact him at

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