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Expos beat Padilla with rally in seventh

5/26/2002

MONTREAL (AP) -- Good things come to Jose Vidro because he waits.

Vidro went 4-for-4 to extend his major league-best hitting
streak to 20 games and Vladimir Guerrero hit an RBI single to cap a
four-run seventh inning as the Montreal Expos rallied past
Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

"I'm patient. I think that's why I'm having success right
now,'' said Vidro, who is 35-for-83 (.422) over the course of the
streak. "I've been able to take some pitches. It's going my way
right now and I'm just happy.''

Vidro, who hit a 10th-inning grand slam to beat the Phillies
13-9 on Saturday, doubled in his first two at-bats and then
singled.

In the seventh, he hit a two-out RBI single off Vicente Padilla
(6-4) to draw Montreal within 5-4. After Vidro stole second, Jose
Macias scored the tying run on Padilla's wild pitch.

Guerrero brought the Olympic Stadium crowd of 19,015 to its feet
with a single that scored Vidro with the go-ahead run.

"Right now we're playing the same way we did the first three
weeks,'' Vidro said. "We're getting the base hits, the rallies
here and there, and we're able to come back against tough
pitching.''

Philadelphia lost for the 21st time in 25 road games this
season.

"Obviously, I was hoping for a much better weekend,'' said
bench coach Gary Varsho, who replaced suspended manager Larry Bowa
for the three-game series. "We played good enough to lose. We just
can't nail it down here when we're away from the Vet, and it is
frustrating. And I take it to heart, just like (Bowa) does.''

Varsho had no regrets about sticking with Padilla -- who left
after throwing 111 pitches -- through the rally.

"He was under 100 pitches and he should have had enough stuff
to get people out,'' Varsho said. "He was one pitch from getting
out of the inning.''

Graeme Lloyd (2-2) struck out Jeremy Giambi to end the seventh
after Pat Burrell's RBI double chased Javier Vazquez and put the
Phillies ahead 5-2.

Scott Stewart got the last five outs for his second save.

Montreal finished a 4-1 homestand to raise its record to 25-24,
including a 17-10 mark at home.

"It's a good sweep,'' Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "We
needed that going on the road. It gives us a little adrenaline and
hopefully we can keep it going.''

Troy O'Leary hit an RBI single in the first and had an RBI
double in the sixth for the Expos.

Padilla walked Fernando Tatis to lead off the bottom half of the
seventh. One out later, Brad Wilkerson and pinch-hitter Wil Cordero
singled to load the bases.

Macias' RBI force play made it 5-3 as the Expos rallied. Vidro
tied his career high with his fifth four-hit game.

Padilla allowed 11 hits and six runs -- both season highs -- in
seven innings.

The Phillies opened the scoring in the first with a run on Scott
Rolen's double-play grounder, and took a 2-1 lead in the second on
Todd Pratt's RBI double.

Marlon Anderson homered off the foul pole in the fifth and Pratt
made it 4-1 with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Vazquez allowed 10 hits and five runs in 6 2/3 innings, his
shortest outing since April 13, when he gave up six runs in 6 1/3
innings in New York.

Game notes
The Expos wore their 1970 uniforms as part of a "Turn Back
the Clock'' promotion. Former Expos Mack Jones, Ron Hunt, Ellis
Valentine and Claude Raymond -- the team's current roving coach --
threw out ceremonial first pitches along with Ron Piche, who was on
the team's coaching staff in 1976. ... The Phillies acquired
left-hander Dan Plesac from Toronto prior to the game for
right-hander Cliff Politte. Plesac, who has also pitched for the
Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Arizona, was 1-2 with a
3.38 ERA in 19 games for the Blue Jays this season. He is 61-69
with a 3.64 ERA and 155 saves in 965 career games. Politte was 2-0
with a 3.86 ERA in 13 games this season. ... Bowa watched all three
games from a booth in the press box.