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Brown homers twice to help Phils edge Red Sox

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PHILADELPHIA -- Given the chance to play every day, Domonic Brown is showing why he once was the Philadelphia Phillies' top prospect.

Brown hit a pair of homers, Erik Kratz and Ryan Howard also had solo shots to back Kyle Kendrick and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 Wednesday night.

Kendrick (5-3) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings, helping the Phillies win their second straight against the Red Sox to get within one game of .500. They haven't had an even record since they were 6-6.

Brown is doing his best to get them back there. He hit his fourth homer in three nights and leads the Phillies with 13, including an NL-high 10 in May.

"I'm seeing it pretty well," Brown said. "I'm getting good pitches to hit. After the first at-bat, I swung at a bad pitch, I told myself to wait for one to handle."

Antonio Bastardo pitched the seventh, Mike Adams struck out two in a perfect eighth and Jonathan Papelbon finished for his 11th save in 11 tries, including the second in two nights against his old team.

Papelbon allowed an RBI single to Jacoby Ellsbury, snapping his scoreless at 19 1/3 innings. But with runners on second and third, he retired Daniel Nava on a grounder to first to end it. The fiery Papelbon enthusiastically pumped his fist twice after the last out.

"A real hard-fought game," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "The opportunities were there. They made pitches with men on base."

Nava hit a solo shot for AL East-leading Boston, which got a third straight quality start from John Lackey (3-5), who gave up six hits and three runs in six innings, but raised his ERA to 2.96.

The teams split two games at Fenway Park before moving their home-and-home, four-game set to Philadelphia.

Brown and Kratz hit consecutive homers in the fourth to put the Phillies up 3-1.

Brown then lined one out in the eighth off Koji Uehara to make it 4-2. That extra run proved important.

"He's very confident right now," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Brown had failed to live up to expectations in previous stints with the Phillies. He had an excellent spring and it has carried over.

"Just his mind-set, going out there swinging, I'm not surprised by it at all," Howard said.

Howard lined an opposite-field homer to left in the second to tie it at 1. He hadn't gone deep since May 7 against San Francisco, a streak of 61 homerless at-bats before hitting his seventh.

Nava hit an 0-2 pitch high off the right-field foul pole in the sixth. Kendrick worked out of jam later that inning, making a nice grab on Mike Carp's sharp one-hopper to start a 1-6-3 double play.

Lackey got out of a first-and-third, one-out jam in the sixth by getting Freddy Galvis to ground into a double play.

"I just had to keep making pitches and hope our guys hit a couple out," Lackey said.

The Phillies wasted another chance in the seventh when Howard struck out with one out and the bases loaded and John Mayberry Jr. popped out.

The Red Sox went up 1-0 in the first on Dustin Pedroia's sacrifice fly. Ellsbury led off with a triple on a ball that was misplayed by Ben Revere in center. Revere broke in a couple steps and had no chance to recover on the drive that landed in front of the warning track.

Pedroia acknowledged before the game that he's been playing despite sustaining a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb diving into first base in the season opener.

"I didn't expect this to come out," Pedroia said. "As players here, we all want our medical stuff to stay private. I kind of feel uncomfortable talking about it."

Pedroia is hitting .332 and has no errors while playing in all 54 games, so the injury clearly hasn't hurt his performance.

Shane Victorino, a two-time All-Star center fielder and key member of the Phillies World Series championship team in 2008, received a loud standing ovation following a video tribute. Victorino, who is on the disabled list, was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers last July.

Notes

  • Injured Phillies 2B Chase Utley (oblique) and C Carlos Ruiz (hamstring) are expected to return by the middle of June, according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. "They're both improving," Amaro said. "We're being cautious with these injuries and thinking about the long term."
  • Brown and Kratz have two of Philadelphia's five sets of back-to-back homers this season.
  • The Phillies had a season-high four stolen bases.
  • The Red Sox recalled OF Jackie Bradley Jr. from Triple-A Pawtucket to take RHP Alex Wilson's roster spot.
  • Nava's seven homers are a career-high.
  • Franklin Morales faces Phillies rookie Jonathan Pettibone (3-0, 3.21) on Thursday night. Jon Lester has been moved to Friday night against the New York Yankees and Clay Buchholz may not start until Sunday.
 
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Domonic Brown continues to power up the Phillies' offense as he drills his 13th HR of the season and fourth in three games. (USATSI)
Domonic Brown continues to power up the Phillies' offense as he drills his 13th HR of the season and fourth in three games. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Ellsbury
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Philadelphia

D. Brown
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5121013 .260
Daniel Nava, RF4111105 .288
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3011000 .332
Mike Napoli, 1B3010110 .259
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4000023 .252
Mike Carp, LF3000001 .267
    Andrew Miller, P0000000 .000
    Koji Uehara, P0000000 .000
   a- Jackie Bradley Jr., PH1000010 .094
Stephen Drew, SS2100210 .224
Jose Iglesias, 3B3010021 .421
   b- David Ortiz, PH1000001 .333
John Lackey, P1000000 .000
   c- Jonny Gomes, PH-LF1010000 .177
Totals3137348  
a-struck out for Uehara in the 9th
b-flied out for Iglesias in the 9th
c-hit by pitch for Lackey in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (11, Papelbon), Jose Iglesias (4, Bastardo)
3B - Jacoby Ellsbury (5, Kendrick)
HR - Daniel Nava (7, Kendrick)
SF - Dustin Pedroia (1)
SH - John Lackey (1)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (20), Daniel Nava (33), Dustin Pedroia (29)
2-OUT RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (9)
CS - Dustin Pedroia (2, 2nd base by Kendrick/Kratz)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Pedroia-Drew-Napoli
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lackey (L,3-5) 6633353 2.96
Andrew Miller 0.2100210 3.57
Koji Uehara 1.1111011 2.14
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 98-60, Andrew Miller 18-8, Koji Uehara 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 10-2, Koji Uehara 1-2
Batters Faced - John Lackey 26, Andrew Miller 5, Koji Uehara 5
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Revere, CF4010001 .263
Kevin Frandsen, 2B3010110 .237
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
Jimmy Rollins, SS2000210 .255
Ryan Howard, 1B4111035 .258
Delmon Young, RF2010100 .222
    John Mayberry Jr., PR-RF1000003 .259
Domonic Brown, LF4222002 .262
Erik Kratz, C3111101 .234
Freddy Galvis, 3B4000022 .231
Kyle Kendrick, P2010000 .182
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
   a- Cesar Hernandez, PH-2B2000000 .000
Totals3148457  
a-flied out for Bastardo in the 7th
Batting
HR - Ryan Howard (7, Lackey), Domonic Brown 2 (13, Lackey, Uehara), Erik Kratz (6, Lackey)
RBI - Ryan Howard (26), Domonic Brown 2 (32), Erik Kratz (14)
SB - Ben Revere (10, 2nd base off Miller/Saltalamacchia), Kevin Frandsen (1, 2nd base off Lackey/Saltalamacchia), John Mayberry Jr. (3, 2nd base off Lackey/Saltalamacchia), Domonic Brown (3, 2nd base off Lackey/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Kendrick-Rollins-Howard
E - Ryan Howard (1, Missed catch of throw)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Kendrick (W,5-3) 6422331 3.27
Antonio Bastardo (H,7) 1100020 2.00
Mike Adams (H,5) 1000020 3.24
Jonathan Papelbon (S,11) 1211110 1.31
HBP - Gomes (by Antonio Bastardo)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 99-66, Antonio Bastardo 15-10, Mike Adams 13-9, Jonathan Papelbon 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 8-6, Antonio Bastardo 1-0, Jonathan Papelbon 1-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 24, Antonio Bastardo 5, Mike Adams 3, Jonathan Papelbon 6
Game Information
Attendance - 38831
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Todd Tichenor