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Brown's hitting leads Phils past Nats
Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff WriterPosted: Saturday, May 25, 2013, 10:43 PM
WASHINGTON - In a season of offensive inconsistency, Domonic Brown has been among the Phillies bright spots. Brown teamed up with the beleaguered Phillies bullpen in Saturdays 5-3 win over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
In going 2 for 4 with a double, home run, and two RBIs, Brown is now 8 for 20 with two homers and seven RBI through the first five games of this eight-game road trip.
The Phillies bullpen pitched three scoreless innings, with Jonathan Papelbon earning his ninth save after a scoreless ninth.
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Michael Young, not the fleetest of foot, scored from first on Delmon Youngs two-out RBI single. Delmon Young drilled a base hit past a diving Adam LaRoche at first. Michael Young easily beat Bryce Harpers two-bounce throw to the plate.
Delmon Young picked up teammate Ryan Howard, who had made the second out by striking out for the fourth time.
Amazingly, Delmon Young stayed on first. But it didnt matter when pinch runner Michael Martinez scored on Browns RBI double.
Chad Durbin earned the win. With the score 3-3 and runners on first and second and two outs in the seventh, Durbin came in and got Ian Desmond to fly to center for the third out.
Durbin allowed a bunt single by Kurt Suzuki and a walk to Tyler Moore to begin the eighth. After getting Lombardozzi on a liner to short, he was replaced by Jeremy Horst, who got Chad Tracey and Denard Span on fly ball outs.
The Phillies received a workmanlike outing from rookie Jonathan Pettibone, who allowed three runs on nine hits in six innings. He became the first Phillie to allow three earned runs or fewer in each of his first seven career starts since Charlie Hudson in 1983.
After Nationals righthander Dan Haren struck out four batters in a row, Brown hit a first-pitch home run to right in the second inning. That was followed by Erik Kratz duplicating the feat, also off the first pitch.
It was the fourth time this season the Phillies have hit back-to-back home runs.
Browns home run was his ninth this season, coming in his 169th at-bat. Entering the season, Brown had 12 home runs in 433 at-bats. Last season, he had five homers in 187 at-bats for the Phillies.
The Nationals got a run back in the third on LaRoches two-out RBI single to center. Pettibone averted any further damage when he got Suzuki on a weak grounder to first with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Washington tied the score in the fourth.
Lombardozzi hit a one-out infield single to short and took second on Jimmy Rollins errant throw to first. Rollins showed great range just getting to the ball, but made his second error in two nights and seventh of the season.
By comparison, Rollins had just seven errors in 2011 and 13 last season.
Haren struck out for the second out. Lombardozzi advanced to third on a wild pitch and after Span just missed hitting a home run to right that barely curved foul, he knocked in the tying run with a single to right.
Span stole second but was stranded when Delmon Young made a running catch of a Harper fly ball to right.
Rollins redeemed himself in the fifth with an RBI double to right, knocking in Pettibone, who had crushed a two-out double to center. It was the first extra-base hit of his young career.
LaRoche tied the score in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run to left, his eighth of the year. It also established a team record of 72 consecutive series with at least one home run, although that would serve as little consolation.
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