Ohka strikes out career-high eight in six innings


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Tomo Ohka didn't want to fall behind by two
runs in the first inning, especially after giving up nine runs and
15 hits in his last two starts.

But Ohka responded well, striking out a career-high eight as the
Montreal Expos came back to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3
Friday night.

"He had it all tonight,'' Montreal manager Frank Robinson said.
"That's the best stuff he's had.''

Brad Wilkerson homered and Troy O'Leary drove in two runs to
lead the Montreal offense. Wilkerson and O'Leary each scored twice,
and Montreal pinch-hitter Wil Cordero connected for his 100th
career home run.

Ohka (8-4) gave up three runs-- one earned -- on three hits in six
solid innings.

The Phillies scored two runs in the first on one hit. Ricky
Ledee led off with a walk, and a throwing error by first baseman
Andres Galarraga wasted a possible double-play grounder by Jimmy

After Bobby Abreu and Pat Burrell struck out, Scott Rolen
tripled off the wall in center field to score two.

"That was a frustrating inning, but (Ohka) battled through it
and really kept going at them,'' said catcher Michael Barrett, who
gave the Expos two insurance runs with an infield single in the

Graeme Lloyd pitched two scoreless innings to finish the

Phillies starter Robert Person (3-5) had a short night. He gave
up four runs on four hits through five innings and was removed for
a pinch-hitter trailing 4-2. He walked the bases loaded in the
fifth, when the Expos scored two runs.

Phillies manager Larry Bowa was at a loss to explain Person's
performance, his second straight start of only five innings.

"I can't figure it out, if he's hurt he's not telling anybody
about it,'' Bowa said. "He's having trouble with his location.''

Person retired the first two batters in the fifth before walking
Wilkerson, Jose Vidro and Vladimir Guerrero. O'Leary then lined a
two-run single to center.

"When you consistently give up runs with two outs and nobody
on, that's unacceptable at this level,'' Bowa said.

O'Leary also scored Montreal's first run when he doubled to lead
off the second and came home on a single by Galarraga.

"I'm having a hard time getting a feel for pitches,'' said
Person, who is 1-2 in his last five starts. "I feel comfortable
out there, but when I need a pitch I either hang it or it's a

Wilkerson led off the third with a home run to center field, his
eighth of the season and second in two games. His two-run homer in
the ninth beat the Phillies 2-1 Thursday.

The Expos added insurance runs in the ninth on Barrett's two-run
single and Cordero's two-run shot into the left-field upper deck,
his first of the season.

Rollins' RBI single in the fifth made it 4-3. Rollins and Rolen
were the only two Philadelphia starters with hits.

Montreal's Fernando Tatis went 0-for-5, snapping his 11-game
hitting streak.

Game notes
Before the game, the entire Phillies team and several Expos
stood on the top step of the dugout for a moment of silence in
honor of baseball great Ted Williams, who died Friday. ... Postgame
fireworks helped draw a crowd of 44,143, the third-largest of the
season. On Wednesday, 50,396 saw fireworks following a game against
the Mets. ... Burrell, who entered with 10 hits in 27 at-bats
against the Expos, and Abreu each struck out three times and
combined to go 0-for-7. ... Cordero's homer was Montreal's third
pinch-hit home run of the season and second of this road trip.