Kennedy at ease of late on the mound

Kennedy at ease of late on the mound

PHILADELPHIA -- Ian Kennedy said that any time he's on the mound and the D-backs win, he feels pretty good about his performance. Outings like Friday night, when Kennedy has to grind it out despite not having his best stuff, showed something, too.

"Those are the times where I feel like some of the best pitchers battle through it and find a way to get through that sixth or seventh inning," he said Saturday.

That's what Kennedy did in Friday night's 4-2 win over the Phillies, his fourth straight victory. He didn't have his best stuff, and the humidity affected his changeup because he was sweating so much. Regardless, Kennedy (10-8) kept his club in the game over six solid innings.

With just eight runs allowed over his past 28 1/3 innings, the right-hander seems to be in a bit of a groove on the mound.

A season removed from posting a 21-4 record, Kennedy had a good start to 2012, but he struggled in May. In addition to pitching better recently, he said the team's performance as a whole has helped him on the mound.

"When your team's scoring runs, it puts you in a good position to be more aggressive [and you don't] have to be so fine when you're pitching behind," Kennedy said. "That changes how you pitch. No matter what anybody tells you, it does change how you pitch and you're more aggressive."