MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Expos' latest triple play was a sight to behold.
"We got some good pitching in the end and a couple of clutch hits and we endured probably the ugliest triple play I've ever seen, but it was beautiful to my eyes,'' Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "We'll take it.''
With 3,879 on hand at Olympic Stadium, the Expos turned the 11th triple play in their 34-year history in the eighth inning to escape a first-and-third jam and keep the game tied at 6.
"It was unbelievable,'' said Expos third baseman Fernando Tatis, who tagged out Lee for the third out. "Nobody out, men on first and third. You never know what's going to happen and I think we'll enjoy that play.''
Pinch-hitter Matt Cepicky doubled off Terry Adams (5-9) to start
the 10th. Jose Macias pinch ran for Cepicky and advanced to third
on Endy Chavez's sacrifice before scoring on Wilkerson's single to
"Cepicky hit a clutch double and I was just trying to get a pitch up in the zone,'' Wilkerson said. "He got one up and I just swung at it and got it through the hole.''
Joey Eischen (4-1) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win.
Tatis hit a three-run homer for Montreal in the second inning,
and Andres Galarraga added another three-run shot off Brandon
Duckworth in the sixth to put the Expos up 6-5.
Lee doubled off reliever Dan Smith to open the eighth. Polanco
then reached on a bunt when Galarraga's foot came off first base
for an error as he took Tatis' throw from third.
Polanco broke for second on an 0-2 pitch, but stopped short of
the bag as Anderson struck out swinging.
Galarraga chased Polanco back to second before throwing back to
Cabrera, who tagged Polanco for the second out. Cabrera quickly
threw the ball to Tatis, who tagged out Lee as he dived back to
third to complete the triple play.
"I saw my guy in a rundown so I drifted off a little bit and I hear someone yelling, 'Be ready! Go! Stay!' -- this and that,'' Lee said. "There's a lot of confusion going on and bad things happen when there's a lot of confusion, and that's what happened. No one's at fault. It's just part of the game.''
Colon allowed seven hits and 10 runs in seven innings.
Duckworth gave up six runs and seven hits in six innings.
Colon allowed four runs in the second, though two were unearned
as a result of Tatis' throwing error.
Mike Lieberthal singled and advanced to third on Lee's double.
Tatis dove to his left to catch Polanco's smash, but his throw to
first sailed over Galarraga into the Expos' dugout as the Phillies
took a 2-0 lead.
Vladimir Guerrero doubled leading off the second and Galarraga singled before Tatis hit a drive well over the wall down the left-field line for his 15th homer of the season to cut the lead to 4-3.
"We go out and score four runs in the second and I can't hold
that lead,'' Duckworth said. "I go out there and give up a hit and
I make a bad pitch, the next thing you know it's 4-3.''
After Polanco's RBI single in the sixth made it 5-3, Galarraga hit his ninth homer in the bottom half to give Montreal its first lead.
Galarraga launched a towering fly that carried over the left-field wall.
"It just came down to two bad pitches really,'' Duckworth said. "That's the most frustrating thing.''
It was the Expos' first triple play since May 14, 2000,
against the Chicago Cubs, and the 31st against the Phillies, the
first since April 11, 1981, at St. Louis. ... It was the Expos'
smallest home crowd since May 9, when 3,183 attended a 6-5,
12-inning win over Colorado. ... Guerrero has 102 career
intentional walks, second only to Raines' team record 118.