For the third time in four games, a Phillies starter failed to complete six innings. In the 13-4 loss to Kansas City, the bullpen was responsible for eight runs. The Phillies still led when Kendrick surrendered the ball.
"When I came out, still no runs had scored yet," Kendrick said.
The righty was frustrated to not earn the chance at escaping his own trouble. Jeremy Horst took over for Kendrick and allowed a bases-clearing triple to Alex Gordon. But Kendrick put those runners there by permitting a single to Mike Moustakas and double to Chris Getz.
The Phillies say they possess a strong bullpen trio in Jonathan Papelbon, Mike Adams and Antonio Bastardo. But, as they have discovered, a bridge between the starter and big relief arms is required.
"I thought he was very good through four innings," Manuel said of Kendrick. "Then all of a sudden, I took him out and the game definitely got away from us."
Royals reliever Bruce Chen earned his first win in Philadelphia since June 29, 2001, when he was a member of the Phillies' starting rotation. He went 11 years between appearances here. . . . Chase Utley added two more hits Friday to a 7 for 15 start in 2013. . . . The Phillies are 3-7 in openers at Citizens Bank Park.