WASHINGTON (AP) — Kyle Kendrick's winless streak continued just like it started, with a short outing and a loss in Washington.
Kendrick dropped his fifth straight decision and allowed all of the Nationals' runs as the Philadelphia Phillies lost 6-1 Friday night in the opener of a three-game set.
"I just didn't do my job tonight," Kendrick said. "I didn't give us a chance to win, I didn't pitch deep into the game."
Washington has won seven straight as it tries to chase down the final NL wild card, while the Phillies were denied a third straight victory.
Carlos Ruiz singled twice and drove in Philadelphia's only run against starter Ross Ohlendorf, a late replacement for Stephen Strasburg, who was scratched with tightness in his right forearm.
Cody Asche also had two hits.
Both Ruiz and Freddy Galvis ran into outs at second base while testing the arm of Bryce Harper, and the Phillies failed to score in the fourth or fifth inning despite advancing runners to third with less than two outs.
Meanwhile, the Nationals scored three times in the fifth on two infield singles, chasing Kendrick after 4 1-3 innings.
"Infield hits and balls not even getting out of the infield were getting runs in," said Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg "It's a big difference and it's added up."
Kendrick hasn't won in seven starts and his ERA since the All-Star break climbed to 6.91. And at Nationals Park, he's lost all three of his starts while allowing 15 runs in 13 2-3 innings. He yielded six runs here — four earned — while again failing to pitch through the fifth during the start that began his winless streak on Aug. 11.
"It's been a rough second half," Kendrick said.
Wilson Ramos homered and drove in three runs for Washington, which moved within 4 ½ games of Cincinnati for the final NL wild card.
Strasburg was scratched after experiencing forearm tightness during a throwing session Thursday in New York. Ohlendorf (4-0), who recently moved to the bullpen, stepped in and survived a shaky first inning to allow a run on five hits over five innings.
"He made the pitches. Great effort," Washington manager Davey Johnson said.