That's because the Phillies' closer had Brown to thank for saving the night after Papelbon couldn't.
Papelbon showed he was human on Monday in blowing his first save of the season, but Brown turned it into a win by lining a game-winning, RBI single up the middle with two outs in the ninth to walk the Phillies off over division rival Washington (34-35).
It was a much-needed lift for not only Papelbon, but the entire Phillies (34-37), who were back home after a dreadful road trip in which they went 3-7 against Milwaukee (28-40), Minnesota (30-36) and Colorado (37-34).
John Lannan was solid (5 IP, 2 ER, 92 P) in his return from the DL against his former squad, Ryan Howard homered for the first time since May 29 with a second-deck shot and Delmon Young came through with a pivotal two-out, two-run double. Altogether, it sent the Phillies into the ninth with a 4-3 lead.
And Papelbon was one strike away from sealing it until he left an 0-2 fastball over the heart of the plate that Chad Tracy welcomed by skying it for a game-tying home run just inside the right-field foul pole.
Prior to the failed ninth, Papelbon had been a perfect 13 for 13 in save opportunities this season. In fact, his last blown save before Monday was on Sept. 2, 2012, while Tracy's homer marked just the fifth run allowed by Papelbon (1.75 ERA) in 2013.
But it was Brown to the rescue when the Phillies -- and Papelbon -- needed a savior.
Heading into his game-clinching at-bat, Brown was just 4 for his last 28 (.143). He finished the night as the offensive star, but that was Howard's (3 for 3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB) award before the ninth. The first baseman's lack of power lately has overshadowed his meritorious June. This month, Howard is 18 for 52 (.346), with seven extra-base hits, nine walks, 10 RBIs and a .452 on-base percentage -- not too shabby for the guy who may be the most heavily scrutinized Phillie in the lineup.
Cliff Lee (8-2, 2.55) now has a chance to give the Phillies the series on Tuesday night when he faces Washington lefty Ross Detwiler (2-4, 3.02).