PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- After failing to hold a lead the previous
two nights, the Montreal Expos staged a rare late-inning comeback
of their own.
Juan Rivera hit a go-ahead RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Expos overcame Jim Thome's major league-leading 27th homer in a 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.
"Really?" Montreal manager Frank Robinson said after learning
of the stat. "Well, that's good to get that one off our backs."
The Phillies scored 31 runs and rallied for wins in the first
two games of the series, but the Expos had a big eighth inning
against Tim Worrell (2-3).
"We needed a win especially after the beatings we took the last
two games," second baseman Jose Vidro said. "Hopefully, a good
comeback win like this will boost the team up."
Thome's two-run homer in the fifth off Zach Day was his 15th in
June, tying the club record for homers in a month set by Cy
Williams in 1923.
Thome also helped the club shatter the franchise record for
homers in a single month. The Phillies finished June with 44 home
runs, two more than the previous mark set in June 1977.
Trailing 3-2, Vidro hit a one-out single, went to third on Nick
Johnson's single that was played tentatively by center fielder Doug
Glanville and scored on Batista's sacrifice fly. Vidro, who
extended his hitting streak to 17 games, went 3-for-5 with three
singles and is hitting .439 during his streak.
"Jose really set that inning up with the hit and his
baserunning," Robinson said. "I think Glanville got caught a
little bit off-guard and it was a gutty piece of running."
Phillies manager downplayed Glanville's effort that didn't even
include a throw to third.
"I think Doug was playing for no double there," he said.
After an intentional walk to Terrmel Sledge, Rivera singled just
in front of a diving Bobby Abreu in right field, scoring Vidro with
the go-ahead run. Brian Schneider walked and pinch-hitter Carl
Everett drove in two more runs with a single.
"It looks pretty simple when you do things right," Robinson
said. "Rivera came up with the big two-strike hit and Everett put
the icing on the cake. It was just like we had drawn it up."
Montreal rookie Joe Horgan (1-0) got one out, with one pitch, in
the seventh to pick up his first major league win. Luis Ayala
pitched a scoreless eighth and Chad Cordero threw a perfect ninth
for his fifth save in six opportunities.
In the fifth, Abreu drew a leadoff walk from Day and Thome
followed with a high-towering drive to the right-field seats,
giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead.
Philadelphia starter Paul Abbott went five innings, and gave up
five hits -- including both Expos homers -- and struck out four and
Batista connected for his 11th homer of the season in the
second, and Wilkerson gave the Expos a short-lived 2-1 lead in the
fifth with his 15th.
Day labored throughout, walking a career-high seven, and giving
up three runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings.
"I knew I was in it for the long run after what happened the
last two nights," Day said. "In a ballpark like this one, I might
have tried to nibble a little too much."
Worrell allowed four runs and four hits and walked two in just
two-thirds of an inning. The Phillies never got the chance to use
closer Billy Wagner for the ninth.
"We had the game right where we wanted it," Bowa said. "You
put people in their roles and hope things work out. You can't
Montreal won for the first time in 10 games at baseball's
newest parks this season. The Expos are 1-5 at Philadelphia's
Citizens Bank Park and 0-4 at San Diego's Petco Park. ... During
its record-settting month, Philadelphia hit 19 homers on the road
and 25 at home. ... Day threw 124 pitches, just 66 for strikes. ...
Vidro batted .388 (40-for-103) in June -- the second-highest batting
average for a month in his career. He batted .443 (35 for 79) in