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Phillies overcome five-run deficit in ninth

7/16/2002

MONTREAL (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies' biggest ninth-inning
comeback in four years left Frank Robinson in tears.

Ricky Ledee, Pat Burrell and Scott Rolen homered in an eight-run
ninth inning and Philadelphia rallied past the Montreal Expos 11-8
Monday night.

The Expos blew their biggest ninth-inning lead since Sept. 13,
1997, when they allowed six runs to the Mets at Shea Stadium to
blow a 6-0 lead before losing 9-6 in 11 innings.

"I just didn't do my job in the ninth inning,'' the Expos
manager said as a tear rolled untouched down his right cheek. "I'd
change a lot of things. I'd change the score, number one, but it's
just -- I'll take this one, not the players.''

The five-run deficit was the most the Phillies had overcome in
the ninth inning since June 16, 1998, when they trailed Pittsburgh
7-1 before scoring seven times for an 8-7 win.

"We've got to come out and slug, and we did that tonight,''
Burrell said. "It was something we needed to have happen. We're
not a big power hitting team, but you wouldn't know it by anything
tonight.''

Trailing 8-3, the Phillies began their big comeback on Ledee's
three-run shot off Jim Brower with one out in the ninth.

Reliever Scott Stewart then bobbled Jimmy Rollins' grounder back
to the mound before throwing wildly to first for an error and Bobby
Abreu walked.

Robinson summoned Matt Herges (2-4), who yielded a three-run
shot to Burrell that put the Phillies ahead 9-8. It was Herges'
sixth blown save of the season.

Pinch-hitter Doug Glanville doubled and Rolen followed with his
15th homer of the season.

"I'm not second-guessing myself on anything, I'm just taking
this one on the shoulders -- that was mine,'' Robinson said. "Let's
not beat the bullpen on this one, gentlemen. If you're going to
take shots at anybody, take them right here. The bullpen, it wasn't
their fault. It's my fault tonight.''

Jeremy Giambi homered earlier for Philadelphia, which overcame
five errors.

"We've never quit,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "I
don't care if we're 20 games under .500, they play 27 outs and they
haven't quit all year. And they won't quit.''

Dave Coggin (1-2) got the last two outs in the eighth for the
win. Jose Mesa pitched the bottom half of the ninth for his 24th
save in 30 opportunities.

Rookie Brad Wilkerson hit his 11th homer to put Montreal up 7-3
in the fifth as the Expos homered for the ninth game in a row.

Montreal added its eighth run in the eighth to take a five-run
lead on Fernando Tatis' RBI single.

Vladimir Guerrero stole three bases for Montreal.

After Andres Galarraga walked, Terry Adams hit Orlando Cabrera
with a pitch in the Montreal second, prompting home plate umpire
Jerry Meals to warn both benches.

The game was delayed for five minutes while both managers took
turns arguing the decision. Bowa expressed his displeasure to Meals
and crew chief Mike Reilly while Robinson waited for his turn at
home plate.

When play resumed, Brian Schneider singled to load the bases and
one out later, Wilkerson walked to put Montreal up 2-1.

Jose Vidro's run-scoring single made it 3-1 and Guerrero
increased the Expos' lead with an RBI grounder.

Burrell doubled to lead off the fourth and Giambi hit his fifth
homer of the season against Montreal -- his third at Olympic Stadium
-- to draw the Phillies within 5-3.

Game notes
Giambi has nine homers since he was acquired from Oakland
on May 22. He hit eight homers in 42 games with Oakland this
season. ... The Expos have hit 17 homers since July 4.