Domonic Brown got his promotion in the batting order, and Cesar Hernandez earned his first big league start as the Phillies closed their interleague series with the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night at steamy Citizens Bank Park.

Both moves were expected, considering Brown’s recent success at the plate and the raves that accompanied Hernandez’ call-up Wednesday from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

But it was Ryan Howard getting the night off Thursday that allowed Delmon Young to slide into the clean-up spot normally handled by Howard and Brown to bat fifth. Howard was rested to give his sore knee a break and because the Phillies were facing a lefty in Red Sox starter Franklin Morales, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

“We’ve got a chance to see a lot of right-handed pitchers in a row,” Manuel said of the upcoming three-game home set against the Milwaukee Brewers, which has three right-handers scheduled to start.

“Rest him [Thursday]. Get him off his knee and come back and put him in there [today],” he said of Howard.

Brown has smacked 10 home runs in May, the largest monthly output by a Phillie since Howard slugged 11 in August 2009. He was National League Player of the Week last week during which he batted .348 with five extra-base hits and had homered in three straight games. He entered Thursday batting .333 in the month.

Brown hasn’t been issued a walk all month though, and Manuel was asked if pitchers would start throwing more balls out of the strike zone to get him to chase.

“As long as he stays patient, he’ll be all right,” Manuel said. “Don’t overthink. One of the worst things you can do is overthink. You start thinking, ‘Oh, he’s not going to throw me a fastball.’ And sure enough he’ll pop you three straight.”

Hernandez was called up when third baseman Michael Young was put on the bereavement list Wednesday so he could tend to a personal matter. Young will miss between three and seven games.

Brown stayed hot with two hits Thursday that boosted his average to .267. Hernandez also had two hits, scored a run and made several smooth defensive plays.