Brown his 23rd homer in Phillies' win

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Phillies are off to a promising start on a critical 10-game homestand. They can thank Domonic Brown in part.
The young right fielder celebrated his All-Star selection with a triple, homer and two RBIs on Sunday afternoon as the Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3.
The homer was the 23rd of the season for Brown, chosen Saturday as a National League reserve for the first time in his career.
Ben Revere also had a two-run triple for the Phillies, who bounced back from Saturday night's 13-4 loss to win the rubber game of the three-game series. It was the first time they have won a home series over the Braves since Philadelphia swept Atlanta on Sept. 5-7, 2011.
The Braves lead the National League East. The other team in front of the third-place Phillies, Washington, comes to town for four games beginning Monday.
"We've got to go right now," Brown said. "If we lost two of three, it wouldn't look so good. We're fighting and battling. Hopefully we can win a series from the Nationals."
Added Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, "I think what you see is we can get on a good run if we play consistent baseball. I always said that during the course of a year you hit a streak where you can win six or eight in a row. Ours has yet to come, but if we can keep grinding, we can definitely win. We've got some guys in that clubhouse who know how to win. We've got some plusses for us."
Jonathan Pettibone (5-3) pitched 5 1/3 innings in 95-degree heat for the victory, allowing one run and five hits. Pettibone, who won his second straight start, struck out six and walked one.
Jake Diekman, Justin DeFratus, J.C. Ramirez, Antonio Bastardo and Jonathan Papelbon all worked in relief for the Phillies.
Chris Johnson hit his sixth homer of the year for the Braves, who had 10 hits but stranded 10 baserunners in losing for the fourth time in five games.
"We had a lot of opportunities," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Even though we got 10 hits and scored some runs, we didn't put a crooked number up the whole game."
Atlanta also fell to 21-25 on the road this season.
"I don't have any theory other than that we hit first on the road and have different-colored uniforms," Gonzalez said. "To win a division you've got to play both places -- on the road and at home."
With two outs in the first, Chase Utley singled off Atlanta starter Kris Medlen (6-8). Brown then lined his run-scoring triple off the glove of Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman and into the right-field corner.
Delmon Young later singled Brown home, making it 2-0.
Revere's fourth-inning triple also came with two outs. It scored Young and Darin Ruf, who began the inning with a walk and double, respectively.
The Braves cut the gap to 4-1 on an RBI single by Medlen in the fifth, but Brown hit his homer in the bottom of the inning. He is second in the NL in homers to Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez, who has hit 24.
Philadelphia added two runs in sixth, making it 7-1. With two outs, runners at second and third and Jimmy Rollins at the plate, reliever Alex Wood uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Ruf to score from third. Catcher Brian McCann then threw wildly to the plate and Carlos Ruiz trotted home as well.
Atlanta scored twice in the seventh on Johnson's homer and Jason Heyward's RBI single.
NOTES: Brown's 23 homers are the most by a Phillie before the All-Star break since 1B Ryan Howard blasted 28 in 2008. ... Ruf, recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday when Howard went on the disabled list, started at first and went 1-for-2 with a walk. He scored two runs. ... Howard said after the game he will undergo an MRI on his sore left knee Monday. His left foot will also be examined, but he does not believe that problem to be serious. ... McCann went 3-for-4 and was 9-for-12 in the series. He has hit safely in eight straight games, batting at a .594 clip (19-for-32) during that span. ... Johnson also extended his hitting streak to eight games. ... Plate umpire Doug Eddings ejected Braves CF B.J. Upton for arguing a called third strike in the fifth. "B.J. didn't say very much," Gonzalez said. "I was standing right next to him (in the dugout). I don't know if there was conversation during the at-bat that prompted it, but there wasn't much said." ... Phils SS Jimmy Rollins went hitless in four at-bats and saw his hitting streak end at nine games.

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