PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Montreal Expos finally solved
Philadelphia's bullpen when the Phillies ran out of relievers.
Batista finished 4-for-6, falling a home run short of the cycle.
Terrmel Sledge homered and drove in three runs for Montreal, which
remained 2½ games behind the New York Mets in their quest to avoid
last place in the NL East.
"We had some opportunities to cash in and we didn't, but we had
the will to hang in there and get a win," Expos manager Frank
The Phillies, barely in playoff contention, are 7½ games behind
San Francisco in the NL wild-card race.
Chad Cordero (6-3) allowed one hit in three innings. Francis
Beltran pitched the 14th for his first career save.
Endy Chavez walked with two outs in the 14th against Myers
(9-10), a starter forced to make his first career relief
appearance. Chavez stole second base and scored on Batista's single
up the middle.
One night after wasting a four-run lead, Philadelphia's bullpen
gave up three hits in eight scoreless innings before Myers came in.
Rheal Cormier escaped a jam after Brad Wilkerson led off the 10th
with a triple. Geoff Geary did the same after Sledge tripled to
start the 13th.
"Our bullpen did a good job," Phillies manager Larry Bowa
Myers pitched six innings in a victory over Cincinnati on
Wednesday. The Phillies were without closer Billy Wagner, serving
the second game of a two-game suspension, and Felix Rodriguez, who
was attending his grandmother's funeral.
"Myers came in and said he'd give us an inning," Bowa said.
"He's not pitching until Montreal (next weekend), so he'll be
Philadelphia, which trailed 4-0 after three innings, tied it at
5 on pinch-hitter Ryan Howard's one-out homer off T.J. Tucker in
the seventh. It was Howard's second pinch-hit homer and
Philadelphia's ninth of the season.
Phillies starter Vicente Padilla allowed five runs and seven
hits in five innings.
Sun-Woo Kim lasted 4 2-3 innings for Montreal, allowing four
runs -- two earned -- and five hits.
After Batista tripled with one out in the third, Sledge lined an
opposite-field two-run homer through a stiff wind over the
left-center field wall, giving Montreal a 4-0 lead.
Sledge's sacrifice fly in the fifth put the Expos ahead 5-2.
"This is the most comfortable I've felt all year," said
Sledge, who has a nine-game hitting streak.
Batista's RBI double in the first gave the Expos a 1-0 lead.
Juan Rivera added a two-out RBI single for a 2-0 lead.
Needing a home run for the cycle, Batista flied out to right in
the seventh, was intentionally walked in the 10th and struck out in
the 12th, before hitting the RBI single.
Howard, stuck on the bench behind Jim Thome at first base, hit
46 homers and drove in 131 runs in 131 games for Double-A Reading
and Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre this season.
"He's been impressive," Bowa said.
Batista has 17 RBI in the last eight games. ... Thome
missed his second straight game with a bruised chest. ... The
Phillies have to finish 11-3 to match their 86 wins from last year.