Manager Charlie Manuel said Kendrick had the most rested arm among his righthanded middle relievers.
"They had [three] righthanded hitters sitting at the top of their lineup, and we figured we'd put [Antonio] Bastardo on [Prince] Fielder if someone got on," Manuel said. "We also considered using [Ryan] Madson for four outs today."
Instead, Kendrick threw nine pitches and retired the side in order, getting Rickie Weeks, Carlos Gomez, and Ryan Braun on flyouts.
Kendrick had gone 10 days between appearances when he pitched in Monday's series opener and said he felt much sharper on less rest Wednesday.
"It was just good to get back out there," Kendrick said. "Obviously the outing I had before, things didn't go the way I wanted, so it was just nice to get out there in that situation and to be able to help us win the game. That was big. I enjoyed it."
Kendrick, after pitching primarily in a starting role last season, is adjusting to his role in the bullpen and said he works better when he works more often.
"I'm not one to make excuses, but the more I throw, the better I think I can be," he said. "My command was better. I didn't feel like I hadn't been out there in three years like the outing before."
Madson and Jose Contreras each contributed a scoreless inning. Madson escaped a first-and-second, one-out jam with consecutive strikeouts in the eighth inning and earned the victory. Contreras picked up his fourth save in as many attempts and ended the game with a strikeout of Braun on a fastball that registered 95 m.p.h. on the stadium radar gun.
Contreras disputed that recording, saying he's too old to throw that hard.
A foul ball gone fair
Ryan Howard said he had never seen anything quite like Weeks' third-inning ground- out that was about three feet foul before taking an inexplicable lefthand turn into fair territory. Howard gloved the ball and touched the base while Weeks watched in disbelief.
"That's the first one I've encountered like that at first base," Howard said. "You see those things happen a lot at third base. It just kind of hit on that outside lip and kind of started rolling back, and I just waited to see."
Howard went 4 for 20 on the homestand and is 7 for 41 in his last 11 games, dropping his average from .480 to .286. "At times I'm trying to make things happen instead of letting them happen," Howard said. He said it had nothing to do with the guys hitting (or not hitting) around him. . . . John Mayberry Jr. made his second straight start and delivered the Phils' first hit of the game off Milwaukee's Chris Narveson with a two-out double in the bottom of the fifth. With Ben Francisco in the midst of a 4-for-33 slump, it would not be surprising to see Mayberry get more playing time during the Phillies' seven-game West Coast trip. . . . The Phillies are 7-0 in day games.