MONTREAL (AP) -- Frank Robinson gave Sun-Woo Kim the chance to
reach new territory on the mound.
The Korean right-hander came within an out of his first career
complete game and shutout and also hit a two-run double in the
Montreal Expos' 8-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on
Kim (4-5) lost his shutout bid on Jason Michaels' RBI double in
the ninth, his 123rd -- and final -- pitch of the game.
"Nobody was rooting harder for him to pitch a complete game and
shutout than I was," Robinson said. "But I wasn't going to let
him throw any more after he lost the shutout because that was more
pitches than he's thrown all year long."
He allowed seven hits and one run in 8 2-3 innings -- his longest
outing in 26 career starts.
"The last five or six times, I never went over 90 pitches,"
Kim said. "I didn't know how many pitches I'd thrown in the game
but after the sixth or seventh inning I was a little bit tired, but
I just let it go."
Terrmel Sledge homered for Montreal, which ended Philadelphia's
four-game winning streak.
Brett Myers (9-11) allowed nine hits and seven runs in
three-plus innings in the loss.
"Tonight, he gives up six straight hits, and five of the six
he's ahead in the count," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "I
expected him tonight to have a good outing and it just didn't
Kim issued a one-out walk to Ryan Howard in the ninth before
getting David Bell for his career-high eighth strikeout. Michaels
followed with his run-scoring double to right-center field. T.J.
Tucker came in and got Pat Burrell -- who struck out in each of his
three at-bats against Kim -- to fly to center for the final out.
"You have to give (Kim) some credit because he went so deep in
the game," Burrell said. "But I can't speak for the other guys,
but I was obviously (very bad) tonight. I have no excuse. I have to
do a better job."
Tony Batista hit an RBI double in the first and a sacrifice fly
in the third to put Montreal up 2-0.
The Expos chased Myers with six straight hits to begin the
fourth, including Kim's second double of the season.
Kim hit Myers' 1-0 pitch off the left-field wall for a two-run
double to put Montreal up 5-0.
"Nobody out and the bases loaded, I didn't want to hit a
groundball," Kim said. "I wanted a flyball, so I tried a big
swing and I was just lucky."
Brad Wilkerson looped a two-run single over a drawn-in infield
to increase the lead to seven and chase Myers.
Sledge homered to right on a 2-0 pitch from Brian Powell in the
fifth to make it 8-0.
Kim's previous longest start was 8 1-3 innings at
Cincinnati on Sept. 28, 2002. His longest outing this season was
seven scoreless innings on Sept. 13 against Florida at Chicago's
U.S. Cellular Field. The Expos eventually lost 6-3. ... The
Phillies didn't take batting practice before the game. ... Michaels
made a sensational diving catch on Izturis' sinking liner to right
to end the eighth. ... Rivera extended his hitting streak to 11