Series: Game 1 of 4

Montreal leads 1-0 (as of 7/4)

Game 1: Thursday, July 4
Montreal 2Final
Philadelphia 1
Game 2: Friday, July 5
Montreal 8Final
Philadelphia 3
Game 3: Saturday, July 6
Montreal 5Final
Philadelphia 3
Game 4: Sunday, July 7
Montreal 8Final
Philadelphia 10

Expos 2

(44-40, 17-28 away)

Phillies 1

(38-45, 23-20 home)

    3:05 PM ET, July 4, 2002

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: J. Eischen (2-1)

    L: J. Mesa (2-5)

    S: S. Stewart (11)

    Phillies nearly saved by hidden-ball trick

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- After Philadelphia's attempt at a hidden-ball trick didn't pan out, Montreal's Brad Wilkerson made the ball disappear -- into the seats for a go-ahead home run.

    Jose Mesa

    Wilkerson hit a two-out, two-run homer off Jose Mesa in the ninth inning -- Montreal's first hit since the fourth -- and the Expos beat the Phillies 2-1.

    Mesa (2-5) relieved to start the ninth with a 1-0 lead and walked Brian Schneider leading off. After Mike Mordecai sacrificed and with Jose Macias at the plate, Philadelphia tried a hidden-ball trick, with second baseman Tomas Perez tagging Schneider.

    Second-base umpire Brian Runge called Schneider out, but after Montreal manager Frank Robinson talked to crew chief Tim McClelland, who was behind the plate, the call was reversed, with McClelland ruling time had been called at the time of the play.

    "There was no way I could have been out, I knew it either had to be a balk or time was out,'' Schneider said.

    Many of the Phillies were caught off guard by the trickery, including catcher Mike Lieberthal, who was the player that requested time and began to walk toward the mound to talk to Mesa.

    "Tomas and Mesa did it on their own and it was Tomas' idea,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "Lieby had called time and gone out to talk about the hitter. We've never done it before. I thought Mesa had the ball.''

    Macias struck out, and Wilkerson turned on a 1-2 inside fastball and tucked his seventh home run of the season just inside the right-field foul pole.

    "I really thought it had a chance of going out. I was just hoping it would stay fair,'' Wilkerson said.

    Some Expos weren't as confident, including manager Frank Robinson.

    "It didn't have that crisp sound off the bat. In fact, I thought he might have broken his bat,'' Robinson said. "It just didn't sound good, but the results were beautiful.''

    It was the fifth blown save by Mesa in 27 chances. Mesa had four blown saves last season in 46 opportunities.

    "Mesa is the guy we want in that spot,'' Phillies third baseman Scott Rolen said. "He's done a great job. You've got to give Wilkerson some credit.''

    Joey Eischen (2-1) pitched two hitless innings, and Scott Stewart got three outs for his 11th save in 12 chances.

    Montreal, which had six hits, won for just the second time in six games, while Philadelphia lost for just the fourth time in 11 games. Vicente Padilla allowed five hits in 7 1/3 shutout innings, lowering his home ERA to 1.82 ERA and surpassing Woody Williams of St. Louis (1.85) for the best home ERA in the National League.

    Padilla allowed runners in six of the first seven innings -- including four leading off. He struck out seven, walked three and hit a pair of batters.

    Padilla escaped a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the third after consecutive singles by Troy O'Leary, Fernando Tatis and Andres Galarraga. Padilla struck out Schneider, retired Mordecai on a popout to short right field and got pitcher Masato Yoshii on a comebacker.

    After Padilla struck out Vladimir Guerrero leading off the eighth, Dan Plesac relieved and walked pinch-hitter Wil Cordero. Carlos Silva got out of the inning.

    Yoshii allowed three hits in six innings. He hasn't won since in 10 games -- including five starts -- since April 16.

    "Yoshii has the misfortune that we have been able to finish off games,'' Robinson said. "He was outstanding, but with the heat, I thought he'd enough.''

    Philadelphia went ahead in the third when Marlon Anderson singled, Padilla sacrificed and Ledee singled in the run.

    Game notes

    Tatis extended his hitting streak to 11 games, two shy of the career high he set in 2000. ... Phillies 1B Travis Lee is to have an MRI exam of his sprained left shoulder on Friday. He sustained the injury during a headfirst slide into home in Tuesday's 12-6 loss to the New York Mets. ... SS Jimmy Rollins went 0-for-4 and is 2-for-26 (.077) against the Expos this season. ... Gametime temperature was 96 degrees with a heat index of

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