DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies had no trouble against Kyle Kendrick earlier this year. This time around, he gave them nothing but trouble.
The Rockies roughed up Kendrick in May, but the Philadelphia starter got even Tuesday night. He tossed eight sparkling innings, Ryan Howard homered twice and the Phillies beat Colorado 5-0.
Kendrick (6-5) gave up five runs on seven hits in three innings in the Phillies' 7-1 loss to Colorado on May 19. But the Rockies, who came into the game hitting .344 against the right-hander, managed just four hits at Coors Field.
``He used his cutter very effectively. He was cutting the ball in on the left-handed hitters,' Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. ``He was throwing the front door cutter to some of our right-handed hitters.'
It was a tough day for the Rockies. All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left the game in the eighth with trouble in his throwing hand, and starter Aaron Cook left after four innings with muscle spasms in his neck.
``Tulo came out of the game with something going on with his pinky finger on his throwing hand,' Tracy said. ``I haven't had a chance to talk him.'
Tracy said Cook started having problems in the bottom of the fourth.
``The line drive by (Raul) Ibanez, where he had to flinch very quickly, he developed a spasm in his neck on his right side,' Tracy said. ``That's why I took him out of the game.'
Cook said he doesn't think he will miss a start.
``When it happened it just kind of locked up and I lost a little strength in my arm,' he said. ``All the strength came back. What the doctor's told me is that it's just like a football player getting a stinger. I don't expect any prolonged setbacks from it. We will see how it feels tomorrow but they said it wasn't anything to worry about.'
The Phillies hit him hard before he left.
Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a walk and moved to third on Shane Victorino's single. Chase Utley drove in Rollins with a groundout and Victorino scored on Hunter Pence's two-out double.
Philadelphia tacked on two more in the fourth. Howard led off with a drive to the facing of the second deck in right-center. One out later, Ibanez and Placido Polanco hit consecutive singles and Brian Schneider had a sacrifice fly.
Cook (2-6) gave up five hits, struck out two and walked one.
``He did not have depth at all to his sinker,' Tracy said. ``I believe the first five hitters he faced, he was behind all of them. They were being very patient. He got a changeup up to Ryan Howard who hit it out of the ballpark.'
Howard led off the eighth with a drive to left against Matt Lindstrom for his 23rd homer.
The Rockies had very few chances against Kendrick and failed to capitalize on any of them. They had two runner on in the first but Seth Smith looked at strike three to end the threat. Eric Young Jr. and Chris Iannetta reached second base in the third and fifth, respectively, but were stranded there.
``KK was very good,' Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. ``This would rank up there with his best outing.'
NOTES: Phillies ace Roy Halladay will start Wednesday's series finale against Jason Hammel. Halladay, who is from Arvada, Colo., made his first start at Coors Field on May 12, 2010, and got a no-decision. He is 2-0 with a 0.77 ERA in three career starts against the Rockies. Hammel is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three career appearances against Philadelphia, two of them starts. ... Rockies CF Dexter Fowler is hitting .400 since July 19.
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