Milton (10-2) allowed seven runs on seven hits in five innings,
but moved into a tie for the major league lead in wins. He helped
his own cause with his first career sacrifice fly in the second
inning and an RBI single in Philadelphia's six-run third.
In his first 15 starts, Milton had received 6.96 runs per game,
second-best in the National League. That number crept even higher
as he notched his fifth win in his last six decisions, even though
his ERA climbed to 4.68.
"If you figured that out, you'd be a genius," Phillies manager
Larry Bowa said of Milton's run support. "We have to start doing
things together. Either we get a lot of hitting and no pitching or
a lot of pitching and no hitting."
The Phillies had 17 hits, batted around twice and got at least
one hit and a run from their starting lineup except Jim Thome.
Jimmy Rollins also had three RBI, while Placido Polanco homered
and scored twice and pinch-hitter Tomas Perez added a two-run shot
in the eighth. Bell, who hit for the cycle on Monday, also scored
three runs and had an RBI single in the third.
In the first two games of a four-game series, the Phillies have
racked up 31 runs, 32 hits and seven home runs. The Phillies routed
the Expos 14-6 Monday.
And, as Bowa noted, there's plenty more to come.
"The hot weather hasn't even got here yet," Bowa said. "You
have to keep the ball down in this park."
Phillies rookie Ryan Madson pitched three hitless innings in
relief of Milton. The 23-year-old was dominant on a night when
almost every pitcher struggled mightily.
"I guess that's a good end to be on," said Madson, who Bowa
called the team's "unsung hero" so far this season. "Polanco and
(Rollins) made a couple good plays to help me out. It wasn't just
Polanco led off the third with his fourth homer of the year.
After Abreu walked and Thome struck out, four of the next five
hitters singled off Expos starter Shawn Hill (0-1). Rollins capped
the rally with a two-run double that made it 8-3.
"It just helps with our confidence," Rollins said of the
offense's big night. "Just knowing we're going to hit. Not knowing
how, not knowing when, not knowing who. We're just going to hit."
Montreal pulled to one down on back-to-back homers from Nick
Johnson and Juan Rivera, but the Phillies answered with a five-run
fifth, highlighted by Abreu's 424-foot homer.
For the second night in a row, the Phillies had six- and
"We're running too many pitchers out there," Montreal manager
Frank Robinson said. "They're tired and worn down. Same as last
night: too many mistake pitches."
Hill, making his first major league appearance in place of Tony
Armas Jr., surrendered eight runs and seven hits, while walking
four in 2 2-3 innings.
"(Hill) started to overthrow," Robinson said. "He was
probably trying too hard."
Armas, who missed most of last year and the first two months of
this season following surgery on his throwing shoulder, was
scratched a few hours before gametime due to stiffness in the
joint. He is expected to make his next start on Saturday against
Montreal's Jose Vidro extended his hitting streak to 16 games
with a single in the fifth.
The Phillies hit their 43rd homer this month, breaking a
club record for home runs in a month set in June 1977. ... The
Expos are a combined 0-9 at the National League's newest ballparks
-- Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park and Petco Park in San Diego.
... Vidro had an RBI groundout in the first for his 21st RBI this
month. He had just 15 RBI in the first two months of the season.
... Phillies LF Pat Burrell was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored
before leaving the game after four innings with a strained groin.
... Expos SS Orlando Cabrera had two stolen bases. ... Four
pitchers combined to throw 245 pitches in the first five innings.