500 Expos fans rally for Montreal cause

MONTREAL (AP) -- Mike Lieberthal keeps the same approach even
though the Philadelphia Phillies' playoff hopes are faint.

Lieberthal hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning and Ryan
Howard added a run-scoring double to lead Philadelphia over the
Montreal Expos 4-3 Saturday night.

Lieberthal also singled in the ninth, extending his hitting
streak to a career-high 14 games.

"Obviously, it would be a little more exciting if we were in
the playoff race and coming home, but right now it's kind of the
same like it has been the last 10 years," he said. "I don't think
it changes, really you go through the same routine regardless as to
where you are in the standings."

Philadelphia gained a game on Chicago in the NL wild-card race,
though the Phillies remain seven back with eight games remaining.

"It was a good win for us," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.
"We battled hard and had great relief pitching."

About 500 Expos fans held a 30-minute rally before the game in
the faint hope of dissuading major league baseball from moving
their hometown team. The Expos, who are likely to be moved to
Washington, D.C., before next season, drew 8,491 fans to Olympic
Stadium. Montreal has four home games left.

One of the many signs displayed during the rally read: "Selig
is not my Bud," a reference to baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

Scott Downs pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning for
Montreal, which allowed Philadelphia to tie it on sacrifice flies
by Jimmy Rollins in the eighth and Jason Michaels in the ninth.

Placido Polanco hit a one-out single in the 10th off Joey
Eischen (0-1). After Eischen struck out Bobby Abreu, Gary Majewski
came on and got Lou Collier to hit a chopper to third baseman Tony
Batista. First-base umpire Mike Fichter called Collier safe on a
close play, prompting Expos manager Frank Robinson to argue the

"It should have been the inning," Robinson said.

Lieberthal lined a single over shortstop Maicer Izturis for a
3-2, and Howard hit an RBI double off the left-field wall.

Tony Batista hit his 32nd homer in the bottom half off
left-hander Billy Wagner, who got three outs for his 19th save in
23 chances.

Tim Worrell (5-6) pitched a perfect ninth for the win,
Philadelphia's fifth in six games.

Phillies starter Kevin Millwood warmed up in the third but left
without facing another batter because of a strained groin.

"It had been sore since my last start, it kind of went away for
the most part," Millwood said. "I got it wrapped up, kind of
precautionary, and it just kind of got worse and worse as the game
went on."

Downs faced just two more than the minimum through seven
innings, allowing Millwood's two-out single in the third and
Polanco's leadoff double in the fourth.

"I was able to keep them off balance for the most part, keeping
the ball down, keeping the ball in and out of the middle of the
plate," Downs said. "We made some plays and they hit some balls
at some guys."

Millwood has won 10 straight decisions against Montreal since
Aug. 28, 2001, in Atlanta. He allowed one run and four hits in two

Montreal's Brad Wilkerson drew an intentional walk in the second
to become the first Expos player to reach 100 walks in a season
since Bob Bailey in 1974. Wilkerson, who went 0-for-2, drew his
101st walk in the fourth.

Terrmel Sledge hit an RBI single in the first and Izturis added
Montreal's second run with a run-scoring single off Gavin Floyd in
the third.

Downs, who retired 13 straight following Polanco's double,
struck out three and walked none in 7 1-3 innings.

Game notes
Phillies LHP Rheal Cormier made his 80th appearance of the
season, pitching a perfect seventh. ... Downs threw 63 of 90
pitches for strikes.