Series: Game 1 of 3

Philadelphia leads 1-0 (as of 5/23)

Game 1: Friday, May 23
Game 2: Saturday, May 24
Game 3: Sunday, May 25

Phillies 4

(27-21, 14-12 away)

Expos 2

(30-18, 17-9 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 23, 2003

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    PHI 012001000 4 11 0
    MON 010010000 2 7 0

    W: K. Millwood (7-1)

    L: Z. Day (4-2)

    S: J. Mesa (13)

    Phillies within three games of second-place Expos

    MONTREAL (AP) -- Kevin Millwood keeps delivering everything the Philadelphia Phillies could ask of him.

    Kevin Millwood
    Starting Pitcher
    Philadelphia Phillies
    GM W L Sv K ERA
    10 7 1 0 65 2.84

    Millwood became the National League's first seven-game winner, and Bobby Abreu and Placido Polanco homered to lead Philadelphia to a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Expos on Friday night.

    Millwood (7-1) won his fifth straight decision, allowing two runs and six hits in seven innings as the Phillies ended Montreal's three-game winning streak.

    "We have a pretty good feeling when he gets the ball," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

    Despite allowing two runs or fewer for the ninth time in 11 starts this season, Millwood felt like he got by with less than his best stuff.

    "It was a really tough day for me," Millwood said. "I didn't locate my fastball very well, and my breaking balls were OK but it seemed like it was a battle from the first inning on."

    Jose Mesa pitched the ninth for his 13th save, becoming the 10th pitcher to record 100 saves for two teams. Mesa also had 104 saves with Cleveland from 1992-98.

    The Phillies improved to 27-21 to move within three games of the second place Expos in the NL East.

    "To come away with a win when I feel like I'm not throwing very well, it was big for me and big for the team," Millwood said.

    Abreu put Philadelphia up 3-1 in the third with a two-run homer -- his seventh -- off Zach Day (4-2) to score Pat Burrell, who hit a leadoff single.

    Jose Vidro hit an RBI double off the center field wall after Orlando Cabrera's two-out single in the fifth to draw Montreal to within 3-2.

    Polanco restored the two-run lead with his third homer on reliever Dan Smith's second pitch of the sixth.

    "We played some good defense and scored some runs, and got beat 4-2 tonight in a good ballgame," Expos manager Frank Robinson said.

    Philadelphia's David Bell went 3-for-3 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

    Day, who was 3-0 in his last seven starts, lost for the first time since April 8 -- his second start of the season. He allowed eight hits and three runs in five innings.

    "He threw a lot of pitches and I didn't want to stretch him out too far," Robinson said.

    Day made his first start since he was ejected in the third inning against Colorado. Day was tossed for placing glue over a blister on his right middle finger. He was subsequently fined by the league, though not suspended.

    "The blister was fine," Day said. "It hasn't gotten any worse."

    The Phillies opened the scoring in the second with a run on a pair of infield singles and two walks.

    Mike Lieberthal, who entered in a 1-for-24 slump, led off the inning with a sharply hit grounder up the middle. Second baseman Vidro made a diving stop but his throw to first was wide and late, giving Lieberthal an infield single.

    Bell walked before Day struck out Marlon Byrd and Millwood.

    Jimmy Rollins reached on Philadelphia's second infield hit of the inning to load the bases as he just beat the throw to first after Cabrera dove to his left to field Rollins' hard-hit grounder to shortstop. Polanco walked to make it 1-0.

    Montreal tied it in the bottom half on Jamey Carroll's one-out single and Brian Schneider's RBI double.

    Game notes

    Mesa has 238 career saves, including 34 with Seattle in 1999-2000. ... Bell is hitting .382 (13-for-34) over the course of his streak. ... Expos 3B Fernando Tatis missed his fifth straight start because of a strained left groin. LF Brad Wilkerson (right eye infection) and C Michael Barrett (bruised right index finger) each missed their fourth straight start.

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