Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/23/12

When Bronson Arroyo took the mound against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night, it should have been a recipe for success for the home team. In his last six regular season starts against the Phillies, Arroyo was 0-6 with a 10.29 ERA.

Arroyo faced the Phils twice in 2011. He allowed 15 runs on 18 hits in those two games.

But the only thing that stood in between Arroyo and a run at perfection was the imperfect but five-tool-talented former Phillies top prospect Domonic Brown.

The 24-year-old Brown, who earned his third big league promotion when the Phillies traded away outfielders Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino last month, hit a two-out, solo home run off Arroyo to break up a perfect game bid in the fifth inning.

The Phillies lost 3-2 and were out-hit by the Reds 11-4. Brown accounted for half of the offense, going 2-for-3 with a home run and a double.

"It was a low-scoring game and Brown had the hits for us," Manuel said of his 24-year-old right fielder, who accounted for two of the Phillies four hits. "He was the guy in our lineup that swung the bat good."

After collecting just three extra-base hits and no home runs in his first 18 games this season, Brown is batting .467 (7-for-15) with a home run, three doubles and seven RBIs in his last four games.

"He hit the ball good," Manuel said. "When you see him hitting the ball out front like that, you're going to see some power numbers."

Brown also showed off his talent in right field.

He laid out for a full-extension, diving, inning-ending catch in the second inning. Two innings later, he lost a ball in the twilight but made up for it two batters later.

With Jay Bruce standing on third base ready to tag up on a fly ball with one out, Brown tracked down a fly ball and unleashed a strike to catcher Brian Schneider at home plate to complete a highlight reel-worthy double play.

"I'm just trying to make a play for (pitcher) Vance (Worley) right there," Brown said. "I already messed up a ball. I was trying to get a good throw and keep it low for those guys to handle."

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