PHILADELPHIA — Domonic Brown hit his eighth homer in eight games to back Kyle Kendrick’s six-hitter, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 Monday night.
Delmon Young and Erik Kratz also went deep for the Phillies. Brown, the NL player of the month for May, continued his torrid hitting by going 3 for 4. He had 12 homers and 25 RBIs last month, and already has connected twice and driven in six runs in June.
Kendrick (6-3) beat the Marlins for the 12th time in 14 decisions. He lowered his ERA to 3.12 with his second complete game of the season and fourth in his career.
The Phillies trailed 2-0 before scoring three in the fifth and chasing Tom Koehler (0-4) with four in the sixth.
Kratz led off the fifth with a shot that barely cleared the wall in left-center. One out later, Kendrick ripped a liner to center and hustled into third with a headfirst dive for his first career triple. Ben Revere’s RBI single tied it at 2. Revere was 2 for 21 before the hit.
Revere stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error by Rob Brantly and scored on Cesar Hernandez’s RBI groundout that gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead. It was the first career RBI for Hernandez.
Brown extended the lead to 5-2 with a two-run shot in the sixth. He leads the NL with 17 homers, and certainly isn’t lacking confidence.
Brown is starting to show more swagger with each drive out of the ballpark. He took a hop and skip out of the batter’s box and made an exaggerated bat flip. He stutter-stepped around first base like Rickey Henderson, and exchanged a choreographed hand shake with Ryan Howard at the plate followed by a semi-bow.
The lanky left fielder has eight homers, 15 RBIs and has raised his average from .257 to .291 during an eight-game hitting streak.
Ryan Webb replaced Koehler and gave up a long homer to Young. Freddy Galvis tripled and scored on Kendrick’s grounder to make it 7-2.
Cardinals 7, Diamondbacks 1
ST. LOUIS -- Lance Lynn pitched seven solid innings and the St. Louis Cardinals got home runs from Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran in a 7-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.
Lynn allowed one run and five hits, struck out six and walked one. He improved to 8-1 for the second consecutive season while becoming the third National League pitcher to reach eight wins, trailing Patrick Corbin’s league-leading nine for Arizona.
Reds 3, Rockies 0
CINCINNATI — Bronson Arroyo limited the NL’s most prolific offense to four singles in eight innings, and Jay Bruce had a two-run homer among his three hits, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a victory over the Colorado Rockies.
The Reds have three shutouts in their last four games. They’ve blanked six of their last 21 opponents, tying them for the league lead with nine shutouts this season.
Arroyo (6-5) allowed only one runner to reach second base. Aroldis Chapman got his 15th save in 17 chances.
Bruce scored on Todd Frazier’s single in the fourth inning off Tyler Chatwood (3-1). He hit his ninth homer off left-hander Josh Outman in the eighth.
Colorado fell to 1-6 against Cincinnati over the last two seasons.
Braves 7, Pirates 2
ATLANTA — Brian McCann, Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman each hit a two-run homer, helping Kris Medlen and the Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Medlen (2-6) pitched seven solid innings for his first win since April 9, ending a career-worst, five-game skid over his previous nine starts. The right-hander allowed an unearned run and seven hits, lowering his ERA to 3.14.
Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin and manager Clint Hurdle were ejected by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna in the fourth inning.