6/18/2013 7:16 P.M. ET
Revere securing hold on Phils' leadoff spot
By Stephen Pianovich / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Nine days ago, Ben Revere was hitting .244. Eight games and 16 hits later, his season average was up to .274 heading into Tuesday's game against Washington.
Revere hit safely in each of those eight games and was 16-for-37 (.432) in that span. The center fielder has four multi-hit games in those contests, including a two-hit performance in the series opener against the Nationals on Monday.
Manager Charlie Manuel has tried many different lineup combinations this season, and that has given a few different players an opportunity in the leadoff spot. However, that spot has belonged to Revere lately, and though Manuel said his lineup can be different every day, Revere is striving to stay atop the order.
"That was my main goal, trying to find a rhythm back again. ... I feel good," Revere said. "I want to be that leadoff guy, I want to be playing center field every day. If I keep busting my tail, I can get to that point."
One of the main assets Revere offers is speed, and he leads the team with 17 steals this season. He has also scored seven runs during his hitting streak -- one of which was the game-winning run on Monday night.
"He's playing a lot better. He's getting more hits, he's getting on base," Manuel said. "And when he can steal bases and score runs, his talent shows up."
• The Phillies entered Tuesday having homered in 10 straight games at Citizens Bank Park, their longest such streak since 2009. They were 7-3 in their last 10 home games and had won five straight.
• Though closer Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save of the season on Monday night, the Phillies rallied in the ninth and entered Tuesday 27-0 when leading after eight innings this season.
• Carlos Zambrano pitched seven scoreless innings for Lehigh Valley on Tuesday. He struck out six and walked one in his second appearance with the team. He now has a 0.95 ERA in five Minor League starts since signing with the Phillies on May 15.
Stephen Pianovich is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.