Final in 14

Series: Game 2 of 3

Montreal leads 2-0 (as of 9/18)

Game 1: Friday, September 17
Game 2: Saturday, September 18
in 14
Game 3: Sunday, September 19

Expos 6

(63-86, 30-48 away)

Phillies 5

(75-73, 36-37 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 18, 2004

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: C. Cordero (6-3)

    L: B. Myers (9-10)

    S: F. Beltran (1)

    Expos win in 14th

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Montreal Expos finally solved Philadelphia's bullpen when the Phillies ran out of relievers.

    Tony Batista's two-out RBI single off Brett Myers in the 14th inning lifted the Expos to a 6-5 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday night.

    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 Robinson said.

    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 said.

    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 rested."

    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.

    Jimmy Rollins' RBI groundout and Placido Polanco's sacrifice fly got the Phillies within 5-4 in the fifth.

    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.

    The Phillies cut it to 4-2 in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Chase Utley and Jason Michaels' two-out run-scoring single.

    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.

    Game notes

    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.

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