MONTREAL (AP) -- Andres Galarraga isn't about to announce a
The 41-year-old Montreal first baseman doubled twice and had
four RBI as the Expos overcame Philadelphia starter Vicente
Padilla's three-run double to beat the Phillies 8-5 Wednesday
''I never said I was going to retire,'' Galarraga said. ''My
game is still there and this is why I'll probably play another
Montreal has won the first three games of the four-game series.
The Expos had lost four straight coming into the series, while
Philadelphia had won 10 of 11.
Galarraga hit a two-run double off Padilla (14-9) as the Expos
scored four in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. Galarraga added his
second two-run double off Carlos Silva in the sixth to put Montreal
up by four.
''He's a leader over there,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.
''Hopefully, he'll stay in the game when he gets done because I
think he has a lot to offer. He's a class act.''
Tony Armas Jr. (9-12) gave up five hits in seven innings,
allowing three runs on Padilla's third hit of the season. Joey
Eischen got the last two outs for his second save.
Padilla entered the game hitting .038, with just two hits in 52
at-bats this season. With the bases loaded and two outs in the
second, Padilla drove a 3-2 pitch from to left-center for a
three-run double to make it 3-0.
''It put the team a little bit down especially because you don't
expect the pitcher to hit a double with the bases loaded,''
Montreal cut the lead to 3-1 on Troy O'Leary's RBI single in the
third and took the lead with four in the fifth.
Jose Vidro drew a one-out walk and advanced on Vladimir
Guerrero's single before Galarraga doubled to score both runners
and tie it at 3.
''I felt like I had to something, especially for Tony,''
Galarraga said. ''He had some bad luck, made a little mistake with
the bases loaded.''
Padilla, who had won two straight and was 3-1 in his four
previous starts, allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings.
Vidro doubled off reliever Rheal Cormier with one out in the
sixth and Guerrero drew his 27th intentional walk of the season to
break Tim Raines' 1987 team record of 26, which he had tied in
Tuesday's 7-6, 12-inning win.
Silva relieved and Galarraga greeted him with his second
straight two-run double to make it 7-3.
''He's just a good hitter,'' Bowa said. ''Pick your poison
there. Do you want to face a guy hitting 35 home runs or a guy
hitting 10? It's not any disrespect to Galarraga -- he's had a great
career. The other guy might be as good as anybody in baseball.''
Brad Wilkerson's RBI single in the seventh drove in Montreal's
Trailing 8-3, The Phillies scored two in the eighth on Abreu's
sacrifice fly and shortstop Orlando Cabrera's throwing error on his
relay to third, allowing Jimmy Rollins -- who had advanced from
second -- to score as reliever Dan Smith dove and missed on his
attempt to recover the ball behind the plate.
Home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg was struck under the chin
but remained in the game after a Hector Mercado pitch to pinch
hitter Wil Cordero in the eighth bounced in the dirt. ...
Guerrero's 103 career intentional walks are second in team history
only to Raines' Expos total of 118. ... Padilla had two hits
including a double in four career at-bats before this season.