Kendrick able to minimize damage vs. favorite foe

Kendrick able to minimize damage vs. favorite foe

MIAMI -- Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick bent against the Marlins on Friday night -- particularly in the sixth inning -- but he didn't break.

Although Kendrick (2-8, 5.87 ERA) took the loss in Colorado's 5-1 defeat, the righty allowed just two runs in a hard-fought 6 2/3 innings. The performance was on par for his career against Miami, as the 30-year-old is now 14-4 (55 earned runs in 146 2/3 innings) in 23 starts against the Marlins.

"It's kind of a tough loss," Kendrick said. "That's what matters and hopefully we'll come out tomorrow and get them."

It's a hard one to swallow considering he put the Rockies in a position to win after escaping the sixth inning.

After Martin Prado homered to open the frame for a 2-0 Miami lead, Kendrick walked Christian Yelich and allowed a single to Giancarlo Stanton. But he regrouped to force two flyouts and a popout to escape the jam.

"It was nice to get away only with one [run] and minimize the damage," Kendrick said.

Said manager Walt Weiss: "He pitched through a couple jams, and to get us into the seventh there ... that was a great job by Kyle."

Kendrick got two outs in the seventh before exiting, having thrown 104 pitches. He scattered seven hits, as the only other run he allowed came on a Marcell Ozuna two-out RBI single in the fourth after a nine-pitch at-bat.

"Ozuna had a good at-bat there for the first run," Kendrick said. "You have to give him credit there, because I made some good pitches that he fouled off and I didn't want to walk him. ... Prado was just a 3-1 get-me-over cutter that I kind of got lazy with and paid the price for it."

Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.