Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies steals second base before Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves can apply the tag in the sixth inning during a MLB baseball game on September 21, 2012 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia (Getty Images)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz smacked back- to-back homers and Kyle Kendrick tossed 6 2/3 strong innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday.
Kendrick (10-11) allowed just two runs on five hits and struck out six to pick up his sixth win in eight starts.
Kevin Frandsen and Chase Utley also added solo shots for the Phillies, who trail the St. Louis Cardinals by three games for the final NL wild card spot.
Tommy Hanson (12-9) was tagged for five runs on four hits and struck out five over 5 1/3 innings to absorb the loss.
Brian McCann and Jose Constanza knocked in one run apiece for the Braves, who own a six-game lead for the top NL wild card spot.
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