Millwood keeps cool, collects 14th win


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Kevin Millwood had already lost his temper
during the first inning. If he didn't keep his emotions in check,
Philadelphia could have fallen way behind.

"After I got out of that inning, I still wasn't very happy,"
Millwood said. "I had to calm myself down to where I was going to
go out and pitch and try and give us a chance to win the game."

Millwood did, backed by a home run and two RBI by Jim Thome as
the Phillies beat the Montreal Expos 8-3 Wednesday for their fifth
win in six games.

Philadelphia, which opens a four-game series with the Mets on
Thursday, remained tied with Florida in the NL wild-card race

Montreal, which took an early lead on Wil Cordero's three-run
homer, lost its sixth straight following a five-game winning streak
and dropped five games back of the Phillies and Marlins. The Expos
are 25-47 on the road.

Millwood (14-9), who beat the Mets with eight shutout innings
Friday, has won consecutive starts for the first time since May. He
struck out eight in eight innings, allowing three runs and eight

Millwood had a shaky start. After retiring his first two
batters, he walked Jose Vidro and Vladimir Guerrero on pitches
Millwood thought were strikes. Cordero followed with his homer.

Millwood turned and snapped his head, uncharacteristically
displaying his disgust with the calls and the homer.

"I don't show emotions too much. Sometimes it pops out,"
Millwood said.

Another borderline pitch was called a ball on Ron Calloway,
bringing Phillies manager Larry Bowa to the mound. Plate umpire
Alfonso Marquez soon followed Bowa and they became involved in a
brief argument. Bowa then was ejected for the sixth time this

Bowa said he knew Millwood had a gripe when he started grimacing
after each ball.

"Millwood doesn't ever complain. Ever," Bowa said. "They were
all strikes. I'm going to stick up for him. He's our No. 1

Millwood gave up consecutive singles in the second inning, but
didn't allow another runner to reach second, and retired 14 of the
final 15 batters he faced.

"I tried to not let it bother me," Millwood said.

An error by Montreal third baseman Jamey Carroll that led to
five unearned runs in the third.

T.J. Tucker (0-2) retired his first seven batters, then gave up
Todd Pratt's homer. Carroll threw rushed his throw on Marlon Byrd's
two-out grounder, forcing first baseman Wil Cordero to leap high
off the bag, and the Phillies followed with five straight hits.

Jimmy Rollins had an RBI double off the right field wall, Bobby
Abreu singled and Thome singled home the tying run. Pat Burrell hit
a go-ahead double, and Chase Utley hit a two-run single that gave
the Phillies a 6-3 lead and chased Tucker.

Jerry Morales walked his first two batters, loading the bases,
before retiring Millwood on a groundout.

"It seems like we lose focus and concentration. I know we did
today" Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "We were swinging at
balls all day. You have to make Millwood throw it down in the
strike zone."

Abreu hit an RBI single in the fourth, and Thome hit his second
homer in two games in the sixth. Thome has 39 homers, the most
homer for Philadelphia since Mike Schmidt hit 40 in 1983.

Thome reinjured a sore left ankle but said it wouldn't keep him
out of any games.

"When games are meaningful, you want to go out and do the best
you can to help your team win," he said.

Game notes
Millwood won two straight decisions on June 29 and July 9
with a no-decision in between. He improved to 11-5 against the
Expos. ... Cordero was in a 2-for-28 slump and was 1-for-14 against
Millwood before homering. Cordero's homer was the first in 10 games
by a Montreal player other than Vladimir Guerrero or Brad
Wilkerson. ... It was the final game for the Expos at Veterans
Stadium, where they went 126-148. ... Phillies team photographer
Rosemary Rahn was hit by a foul and taken to a hospital.