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Phillies Ben Revere beats out an infield single as Rockies Justin Rutledge covers as the Colorado Rockies faced the Philadelphia Phillies Monday, May 26, 2014 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. (Ron Cortes/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT)

Phillies rout Rockies 9-0

PHILADELPHIA -- The losing finally stopped for Kyle Kendrick, and at least for a day, the hitting started again for the Phillies. Both Kendrick and the Phillies reversed slides Monday in a 9-0 win over the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park.

Kendrick pitched 62/3 shutout innings in snapping a personal 10-game losing streak. His last win had come Aug. 6 in a 9-8 slugfest over the Chicago Cubs. In between Kendrick had gone 16 starts without a win.

Meanwhile, the Phillies saw their offense return after being no-hit by Los Angeles Dodgers righthander Josh Beckett on Sunday. Ben Revere led off with a first-inning single up the middle off Rockies starter Jhouyls Chacin, immediately breaking up the no-hit drama.

The Phillies also received a home run and five RBIs from Ryan Howard, another player who used Memorial Day to come out of a slump.

Leading by 4-0, Kendrick was lifted in the seventh inning after a two-out single by Charlie Blackmon. Michael Cuddyer then got an infield base hit off reliever Mike Adams.

The inning ended when Adams struck out Troy Tulowitzki swinging on a 3-2 slider.

Kendrick (1-5) allowed six hits and walked four while striking out two.

The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Chase Utley hit a two-out single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Howard's RBI single.

That snapped an 0-for-17 streak for Howard.

The Phillies went up 2-0 in the fifth on Revere's RBI infield single, as the Phillies centerfielder used a headfirst slide to beat the throw from second baseman Josh Rutledge.

Howard added a two-run home run in the sixth. It was his first home run since May 8.

The Phillies piled it on with five more in the seventh on Utley's RBI double, Howard's two-run single, and a pinch-hit, two-run homer by John Mayberry Jr.

The Rockies are an offense packing plenty of punch. Five of the eight position players entered the game hitting .314 or better.

Colorado is a different team away from hitter-friendly Coors Field. The Rockies entered the game batting .344 with a .951 on-base-plus-slugging percentage at home, while hitting .244 with a .692 OPS on the road.

Still, it was an impressive performance by Kendrick against a Rockies team that entered the game leading all MLB teams with 262 runs.

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