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Montreal avoids a second sweep by Phila.

4/25/2004

MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Expos enjoyed their most lopsided
win of the season, though that's not saying much.

Zach Day and Rocky Biddle combined on Montreal's second shutout,
and Matt Cepicky hit a two-run double to send the Expos to a 2-0
win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

Montreal, shut out for the fifth time this season the day
before, managed five hits. They won for just the third time in 14
games to avoid being swept by the Phillies for the second time this
year.

The Expos have scored only 34 runs in 19 games and their 5-14
start remains the worst in team history. Their four previous wins
were all by one run.

"Two runs is no margin for error, but Day pitched an
outstanding game today," Expos manager Frank Robinson said.

Day (2-1) scattered nine hits through eight innings. Biddle
finished with a perfect ninth for his fifth save in five
opportunities as Montreal got its first win at Olympic Stadium.

"I didn't have my best stuff," Day said. "I didn't have my
best breaking ball, my best changeup or even my best sinker, but I
knew I still had to go out there. It was a big win for us. It felt
good to go out there and put up zeros and we pulled it off."

The game drew only 8,267 despite a Brad Wilkerson bobblehead
promotion.

Vicente Padilla (0-3) held the Expos hitless through four
innings before Cepicky hit a looping single leading off the fifth.

"I'm disappointed, but I did my job," Padilla said through a
translator. "I kept the team in the game."

Padilla allowed just three hits in six innings, but he was done
in by Cepicky's two-run double with two outs in the sixth.

"He made one mistake -- the slider was a little flat and the guy
hit it," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

Orlando Cabrera singled with one out, extending his hitting
streak to 10 games. He advanced to second on Wilkerson's grounder
to first, and Tony Batista walked before both runners scored on
Cepicky's double to right.

"That's what we've been missing quite a bit of, the big hit,
and he got it for us today," Robinson said. "It picks everybody
up because you're wondering if you're ever going to score. We
weren't giving ourselves many opportunities and that was one, and
you wondered if that might be the last one you would have for the
day if you don't take advantage of it."

Cepicky was thrown out at third by catcher Mike Lieberthal when
he tried to take the extra base on the throw home. The Expos left
fielder slammed his face into the bag on the headfirst slide and
came up woozy.

"When I got there I saw the base was right there," Cepicky
said. "My hands went under me and my head took the worst of it, so
it's a good thing I've got a big head."

He had a cut on his right cheek attended to by trainer Ron
McClain and remained in the game, but came out in the eighth.

Philadelphia's Bobby Abreu was thrown out at the plate to end
the first.

Abreu hit a two-out single and tried to score when third base
coach John Vukovich waved him around on Pat Burrell's single to
center. The tiny crowd got excited when catcher Brian Schneider
took second baseman Jamey Carroll's relay throw with time to spare
before Abreu was easily tagged out.

Padilla retired 12 of his first 14 batters, allowing just two
walks before Cepicky's looper landed just beyond shortstop Jimmy
Rollins' diving attempt in shallow left-center.

Game notes
Phillies 1B Jim Thome was rested and missed his first start
of the season. Shawn Wooten replaced him in the lineup. Wooten hit
seventh and went 0-for-4. ... Cepicky got his first career stolen
base following his single. ... Cabrera had a career-high 15-game
hitting streak last July 7-20. ... Day's only career complete game
was a 5-0 win in Milwaukee last May 1. ... The Expos optioned
right-hander Jeremy Fikac and first baseman Luis Lopez to Triple-A
Edmonton after the game.