LOS ANGELES -- Phillies left-hander J.C. Romero said he feels most comfortable when he is working.

Perhaps that work is paying off. Romero is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA in seven appearances in the team's last 12 games. In six innings, he has allowed four hits and one run with five strikeouts and zero walks.

In his previous four appearances, he carried a 45.00 ERA. In one inning -- in two of those four appearances he did not record an out -- he allowed four hits, seven runs, five earned runs, three walks, two home runs and hit a batter. He struck out two.

"This year was a different year," he said, explaining his earlier struggles. "I didn't know how to approach it."

Romero had offseason surgery on his left elbow, which forced him to miss the beginning of the season. He said everybody wanted to be careful because they did not want to overuse him. It appears those concerns are over.

"I'm healthy," he said. "I guess we're going to go back to using me the same way I was used before, being pretty much ready to go every day."

Romero pitched in 20 of the final 27 games of the 2007 season. He had a 0.00 ERA in 15 1/3 innings. Opponents hit just .082 against him.

"My arm felt fine then," he said. "You want to win the division. I remember every time they asked how my arm felt, I said I could rest at Christmas."

He said he is ready to be used like that again.

"I think I can," he said. "I've started feeling more aggressive. I'm just trying to play catch with the mitt. I'm not trying to overthrow."

Brown's trip home a hit with teammates

LOS ANGELES -- Playing time has been rare lately for Phillies rookie Domonic Brown, but he showed on Wednesday that he can still hit.

He just might need a refresher on the bases.

Brown hit a ground-rule double to left field in the ninth inning in a 5-1 victory over the Dodgers. Brown watched left fielder Scott Podsednik pursue the ball, but thought he caught it. He started to return to the Phillies' dugout until umpires told him to go to second base.

Brown scored on Jimmy Rollins' single to center field. He got a late break, but still scored -- although he shook his head as he recalled how he almost lost his balance.

"That's never happened before," Brown said. "Then I almost fell coming around third base. I was like, 'Man, what's going on?' If I had fell going around third base that would have been bad."

Teammates got a good laugh about it, although they admired Brown's speed scoring after getting a late break.

"Sometimes guys are in a different place out there," Jayson Werth said. "When you're young you're young. You're just playing the game."

Hoover called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley

LOS ANGELES -- Catcher Paul Hoover joined the Phillies before Wednesday's series finale against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

Philadelphia selected his contract once the club expanded its roster from 25 players. The Phillies are expected to add more players, but not until they return home for Friday's series opener against the Brewers at Citizens Bank Park.

Hoover hit .247 with two home runs and 27 RBIs in 77 games this season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He hit .278 with two doubles and two RBIs in six games with the Phillies. Hoover and catcher Dane Sardinha, who also played this season for the Phillies, had shared time until recently when Hoover started more behind the plate.

"Just being here last year and seeing what this team was able to do was a lot of fun," Hoover said. "I was up here earlier this year, and was able to contribute more than I did last year. That was a lot of fun."

Worth noting

The Phillies finished August with an 18-10 (.643) record, their best month of the season. Only the Reds (19) had more wins in August. ... The Phillies have not named their second starter for Monday's doubleheader against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Right-hander Roy Oswalt will start one of the games. ... The Phillies host the Goya Latino Family Celebration and Food Drive on Friday at the Bank. There will be music, along with a food collection to benefit Philabundance. Fans are asked to donate Goya food products to help need families in the Latino community.