Ohka masters foul weather, fans 11 Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Tomo Ohka didn't mind the rain or the wind. In fact, the miserable conditions helped him.

The right-hander struck out a career-high 11 and Brad Wilkerson drove in three runs as the Montreal Expos beat Philadelphia 6-3 Wednesday night, snapping the Phillies' six-game winning streak.

The game was delayed 2 hours, 1 minute at the start because of rain. Play began in a heavy drizzle that got progressively worse as the night wore on. A strong wind accompanied the wet weather.

The poor conditions didn't seem to affect Ohka (12-6), who went six innings to win his fourth straight decision. He allowed one run and three hits, walking one.

"The weather helped my splitter,'' Ohka said though a translator.

The pitch was devastating, according to catcher Michael Barrett.

"It was the best I've seen him throw all year,'' Barrett said. "With the conditions as bad as they were, he never gave in to any of the hitters. He is really mentally tough.''

Ohka struck out five straight batters to start the game and four more in a row in the third and fourth innings.

"I've never seen him so dominating at the start of a game,'' Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "He was the right guy out there in those conditions. He threw strikes.''

Ohka threw just 84 pitches, but Robinson said that was plenty.

"We were lucky to get six out of him because he had already
thrown before the delay.''

Five pitchers held the Phillies to five hits, three by Placido
Polanco. The first five hitters in the Phillies lineup went a
combined 1-for-19 with 10 strikeouts.

Wil Cordero was scheduled to be the starting left fielder, but
when he arrived at the stadium with a virus Robinson inserted
Wilkerson. He went 3-for-4 with a home run and two doubles.

After Philadelphia pulled to 4-2 in the seventh, Wilkerson put the game away with a two-run homer off reliever Dan Plesac in the eighth.

It was Wilkerson's 18th homer of the season, which leads all NL rookies.

Plesac appeared in his 1,000th career game -- the seventh pitcher to achieve the milestone.

Montreal took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Wilkerson's RBI
double off David Coggin (2-5). On the play, catcher Mike Lieberthal
dropped the ball while applying the tag, allowing Orlando Cabrera
to score.

The Expos made it 3-0 in the third on Andres Galarraga's RBI single and Fernando Tatis' sacrifice fly.

Coggin, a replacement starter for Randy Wolf because of the long delay at the outset, allowed three runs on five hits in three innings.

"It wasn't fair to Coggin to put him out there, we just had to patch it tonight,'' said Phillies manager Larry Bowa, who will start Wolf against the New York Mets on Saturday if there is no strike.

Montreal extended its lead to 4-0 in the fourth off reliever Rheal Cormier, who allowed Wilkerson's double and three straight two-out walks to force in a run.

Vladimir Guerrero's walk earned an RBI.

Polanco broke up Ohka's shutout in the fifth with his seventh
homer of the season. The Phillies have homered in 14 straight
games, tying a club record set in 1922.

Philadelphia threatened in the seventh when reliever Jim Brower gave up a pair of one-out walks and an RBI single to Marlon Anderson to make it 4-2.

Joey Eischen took over and got the final two outs of the inning,
which ended on Ricky Ledee's flyball to deep left field.

The conditions were tough for both teams.

"It was really bad out there,'' Wilkerson said. "Everyone was
slipping around, especially the pitchers.''

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins added, "At times, the pop
flies looked like rain drops coming down. It was tough to figure
out which one was the ball.''

Game notes
Ohka's previous career high for strikeouts was eight, set
July 5 at Philadelphia. ... Wolf warmed up several times during the
rain delay. ... Guerrero extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
... The attendance was 13,821, but less than 500 remained by the
game's end. ... Guerrero stole his 29th base, leaving him one steal
short of his second straight 30-30 season.