Final in 10

Series: Game 2 of 4

Montreal leads 2-0 (as of 9/3)

Game 1: Monday, September 2
Philadelphia 1Final
Montreal 5
Game 2: Tuesday, September 3
Philadelphia 6Final
in 10
Montreal 7
Game 3: Wednesday, September 4
Philadelphia 5Final
Montreal 8
Game 4: Thursday, September 5
Philadelphia 4Final
Montreal 1

Phillies 6

(69-68, 34-36 away)

Expos 7

(68-70, 41-28 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 3, 2002

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    MON 0300030001 7 - -

    W: J. Eischen (4-1)

    L: T. Adams (5-9)

    'Ugly' triple play a beauty for Expos

    MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Expos' latest triple play was a sight to behold.

    Third baseman Fernando Tatis tags out Travis Lee to end the 11th triple play in the Expos' 34 years.

    Brad Wilkerson singled home the winning run in the 10th inning, and the Expos turned a triple play in a 7-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

    "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.

    The unusual triple play began with Marlon Anderson striking out and Placido Polanco being caught in a rundown between first and second on a steal attempt as Travis Lee strayed off third base.

    "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 right.

    "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.

    Philadelphia tied it in the seventh on Pat Burrell's RBI single off Bartolo Colon.

    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.

    Shortstop Orlando Cabrera took catcher Brian Schneider's throw and kept an eye on Lee off third as he ran Polanco back to first before throwing to Galarraga.

    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.

    Philadelphia added two more runs later in the inning on Doug Glanville's RBI grounder and Jimmy Rollins' run-scoring single to go up 4-0.

    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.

    Jose Vidro hit a one-out double and Guerrero was walked intentionally for the 26th time this season to tie Tim Raines' team record set in 1987.

    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.''

    Game notes


    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.

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