Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/5)

Game 1: Friday, April 4
Game 2: Saturday, April 5
Game 3: Sunday, April 6

Pirates 1

(4-1, 4-1 away)

Phillies 16

(3-2, 1-1 home)

3:05 PM ET, April 5, 2003

Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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W: C. Silva (1-0)

L: J. D'Amico (0-1)

Millwood says injury is not serious

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- This is the offense everyone expected from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Kevin Millwood left after three innings because of a strained right groin, but the Phillies went on to beat the previously unbeaten Pittsburgh Pirates 16-1 Saturday behind Jimmy Rollins' five hits and three RBIs.

Millwood, one of Philadelphia's three key offseason acquisitions, didn't think his injury would force him to miss Thursday night's start against his former team, the Atlanta Braves.

"It's not too serious,'' Millwood said.

The Pirates had opened the season with four consecutive wins, including a three-game sweep of the Reds in Cincinnati's new Great American Ball Park.

But Millwood, and four relievers shut down Pittsburgh, which outscored its opponents 33-11 in the first four games.

Carlos Silva (1-0) relieved Millwood and pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out four. Dan Plesac retired the four batters he faced, Terry Adams pitched a scoreless eighth and Jose Mesa got the final three outs.

"We just didn't get the hits when we needed them,'' Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said.

Rollins hit three doubles and scored four runs, snapping a 3-for-19 slump. It was his second career five-hit game.

"It was a lot of fun,'' Rollins said. "I'm taking the same swing. My approach to getting there is shorter. My stride is shorter and I closed my stance.''

Bobby Abreu hit a three-run homer and Mike Lieberthal hit his 100th career homer as the Phillies racked up 19 hits.

"This is the kind of day we needed,'' said Pat Burrell, who had two hits and two RBI. "This is the run production we can have if everybody plays the way they're capable.''

The Phillies chased Pirates starter Jeff D'Amico with four runs in the fifth inning. Placido Polanco started the inning with a single and went to second on Abreu's fly out.

Jim Thome was intentionally walled with a 3-0 count, and Burrell followed with a two-run double, giving the Phillies a 4-1 lead. Burrell's hit snapped a 2-for-17 slump.

After David Bell was hit by a pitch, Lieberthal had an RBI single and pinch-hitter Marlon Byrd added a run-scoring grounder to make it 6-1.

D'Amico (0-1) gave up six runs -- four earned -- and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings in his Pirates debut. The right-hander was 6-10 with a 4.94 ERA with the Mets last season.

"They have an outstanding lineup,'' D'Amico said. "The first two guys get on and then they have the big guys coming up.''

Abreu gave the Phillies a 9-1 lead in the sixth with his first homer of the season, a three-run shot off Joe Beimel. Rollins' two-run double off Julian Tavarez made it 11-1 in the seventh. Lieberthal hit a solo homer off Brian Boehringer in the eighth.

An RBI grounder by Thome and a single by Bell put Philadelphia ahead 2-0 in the first.

Randall Simon had a two-out RBI single off Millwood in the third.

Millwood, acquired from Atlanta last December, allowed one run and six hits. Millwood, who was 18-8 with a 3.24 ERA for the Braves a year ago, beat Florida in the season opener last Monday.

Game notes

After the game, the Phillies recalled RHP Eric Junge from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre and sent 2B Chase Utley to Scranton. ... The paid attendance on a cold, dreary day was 22,693, less than half of the sellout crowd of 59,269 that showed up for Friday's home opener. ... Pirates RF Reggie Sanders got the day off, even though he had four homers and 11 RBI in the first four games. ... Home plate umpire Joe West lost track of the count after calling Thome out on strikes in the third. Thome stood at the plate until West realized he called the third strike. ... Thome was 2-for-5 with three RBIs in his second game at Veterans Stadium.

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