Fan may have tipped Bell's triple

Updated: June 28, 2004, 11:00 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- David Bell on Monday night became the first Philadelphia Phillies player in almost nine years to hit for the cycle.

Bell doubled in the second, homered in the fourth and singled in the sixth before his controversial triple in the seventh inning capped the feat.

Bell drove a 2-2 pitch off Rocky Biddle to left-center that appeared to deflect off the outreached hands of a fan in the first row. The ball caromed toward center field and away from Montreal's Brad Wilkerson.

Bell easily strolled into third base to a standing ovation from the crowd. But Wilkerson and Montreal manager Frank Robinson protested the call for several minutes. The umpires convened and allowed the three-base hit to stand.

Bell became the second major league player to hit for the cycle this season. Milwaukee's Chad Moeller did it on April 27.

The last Phillie to do so was Gregg Jefferies on August 25, 1995. Seven other Philadelphia players have done so.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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