ST. LOUIS -- The Philadelphia Phillies optioned struggling starter Kyle Kendrick to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, recalling pitcher Andrew Carpenter to take his place.
Kendrick suffered the loss as the Phils dropped an 8-4 decision to the Cardinals in Monday's series opener at Busch Stadium. Despite pitching with a lead into the fifth inning, Kendrick surrendered three homers in that fateful frame which saw the home team emerge with the lead.
In the loss, Kendrick was tagged for seven hits and seven runs with three walks and two strikeouts over five innings. The setback dropped his record to 5-4 and raised his earned run average to 4.82 in 20 games (18 starts).
The 25-year-old native of Houston hasn't won since July 3 and has only earned a victory twice in his last 10 outings.
Carpenter, also 25, posted a 7-6 record with a 3.41 ERA in 18 starts with the Iron Pigs this season. This will be his second recall of 2010. He did not make an appearance with the Phils from April 3-8.
Carpenter was 1-0 with a 9.45 ERA in four games, including one start, with Philadelphia from 2008-09.