Domonic Brown's right foot smacked first base as the ball he destroyed disappeared beyond the right-field wall at Citizens Bank Park. He spread his arms and whacked his hands together in one emphatic motion. The fans rose in the eighth inning to celebrate the fourth Phillies home run in a 4-3 victory over Boston on Wednesday, the night a 25-year-old outfielder wooed an entire city. Brown rounded the diamond for the 10th time in May as the digital bell swayed to signal his dominance. The Phillies do not hit homers with runners on base - 30 of their last 32 are solo shots. But that was just fine against the Red Sox. Two of the homers exploded from Brown's bat. Ryan Howard and Erik Kratz crushed the others. But this was Brown's night, in a month full of them, and the staunchest nonbelievers are turning. Long promised as an outfield cornerstone, Brown has arrived in 2013. He is tied for second in the National League in home runs. He is the first Phillies player with 10 homers in a month since Howard bashed 11 in August 2009. He has five in five days and 13 in the season's first 53 games. That is a 40-homer pace. The Phillies needed every run to survive Wednesday. Jonathan Papelbon, pitching for the second straight night against his former team, allowed a run for the first time since April 3. But he induced a Daniel Nava dribbler to first base with the tying run 90 feet away. When Howard stepped on first, Papelbon swung his right fist in delight. Brown's second homer provided the decisive run. Manager Charlie Manuel said Brown will tell him with his performance when it is time to move up in the batting order. That time could be nearing. In the eighth, he smoked a 1-1 splitter thrown by Koji Uehara, one of baseball's most underrated relievers. Brown worked a 2-1 count against John Lackey in the fourth and socked a fastball high and inside. An argument could be made for Brown's being the team's most dangerous hitter. His .817 OPS leads the Phillies. Some of the loudest cheers came between innings. The Phillies showed a tribute video to Shane Victorino, set to a Bob Marley tune, in the middle of the fourth. Victorino, who is on the disabled list with Boston, stepped onto the field and waved to the fans. They gave him a standing ovation.
Brown homers twice as Phillies beat Red Sox 4-3
Philly.com | May 30