Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick throws against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 5, 2010, in Philadelphia. The Phillies win 4-0. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr) By H. Rumph Jr
St. Louis Cardinals' Skip Schumaker fields a ground ball by Philadelphia Phillies' Brian Schneider during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 5, 2010, in Philadelphia. Schneider was out on the play. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr) By H. Rumph Jr
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Brad Penny throws against the Philadelphia Phillies in a baseball game Wednesday, May 5, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr) By H. Rumph Jr
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Kyle Kendrick threw seven impressive innings, Placido Polanco hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 Wednesday night.
In a return to normalcy, no fans ran onto the field at Citizens Bank Park after consecutive games were marred by unruly behavior.
A crowd of 44,261 was the 54th straight sellout in Philadelphia. Everyone stayed in the stands for a change. Some were startled when a ball girl dashed onto the field during a pitching change in the eighth before quickly realizing she was simply going to get reliever Dennys Reyes' jacket from the bullpen.
On Monday night, a teenager was Tasered in the outfield after eluding security for about 30 seconds. A 34-year-old man ran onto the field and gave himself up without incident Tuesday night. He was booed by other fans after interrupting Cole Hamels in the middle of his windup before he threw his first pitch in the top of the ninth. The Phillies were up 1-0 before the delay and Hamels lost his shutout two batters later.
All the focus was back on the players Wednesday, and Kendrick and Brad Penny provided another pitchers' duel in a matchup of NL division leaders.
Kendrick (1-1) allowed six hits in his second-best performance this season. Danys Baez and Jose Contreras each tossed a perfect inning to complete the six-hitter.
Shane Victorino hit a solo homer for the Phillies, who have won five of seven.
Penny (3-2) gave up three runs and five hits, striking out six in six innings. It was the 14th straight quality start by Cardinals starters, their longest streak since 1973 when they also had 14 in a row.
Penny retired his first nine batters before Victorino singled to start the fourth. Polanco hit the next pitch into the seats in left-center for a 2-0 lead. It was the first homer allowed by Penny this season.
Victorino connected in the sixth for a 3-0 lead. Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs had an RBI double off Mitchell Boggs in the seventh.
The Cardinals had their best chance to score with runners on first and third and one out in the seventh. But Kendrick got Brendan Ryan to ground into a double play.
Kendrick, who won 21 games for the Phillies from 2007-08, had been struggling. He entered with a 7.61 ERA and pitched more than five innings in only one of his previous five starts. He tossed eight scoreless innings in a 4-3 loss at Atlanta on April 20.
NOTES: Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins will go to extended spring training next week, though it's uncertain when he'll begin playing in rehab games. Rollins has been sidelined by a strained right calf. ... Juan Castro, who has filled in nicely for Rollins, left the game in the seventh with a left hamstring strain after running out an infield single. ... Albert Pujols extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a fourth-inning single. But he's just 10 for 54 against the Phillies since 2008. ... Phillies RF Jayson Werth was 0 for 3 with strikeouts, ending his streak of reaching base safely at 26 games. ... Cardinals LF Matt Holliday went 0 for 4 after an eye-popping round of batting practice. Holliday hit a few shots deep into the second deck in left field and one ball nearly cleared the concourse in left-center. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)