And perfectly on cue, the Phillies (20-22) welcomed the righty reliever by handing him another night to forget against them, as they scored two runs -- in peculiar fashion -- with Broxton on the bump late in a tie game to beat the streaking Reds (25-17), 5-3.
Working with a 3-0 cushion, Cliff Lee pitched well (7 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K), but gave up a two-run homer to Jay Bruce in the sixth inning that eventually led to Joey Votto erasing the Phillies' lead by taking Antonio Bastardo deep in the eighth.
But the Phillies snatched back their lead in the bottom of the frame. It started with a Michael Young walk. Ryan Howard then trickled a swinging bunt down the third-base line for a single. That brought Broxton in, who, again, fell apart versus the Phillies. The former Dodger closer plunked Delmon Young to load the bases before Domonic Brown plated the go-ahead run with a high-chopping fielder's choice up the middle. Carlos Ruiz provided insurance by bringing Howard home with a sac fly. The Philies' first baseman made a head-first dive to just barely beat the throw and tag.
Jonathan Papelbon was lights out yet again, recording his eighth save in as many opportunities, and in doing so, stretched his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 16 2/3.
The Reds' Sean Marshall took the defeat, although, Broxton had a big say in it.
The Phillies snapped the Reds' six-game winning spree and can now take the series against Cincinnati on Saturday when Kyle Kendrick (4-1, 2.47) opposes Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 3.76) at 4:05 p.m.