Series: Game 4 of 4

Montreal won 4-0

Game 1: Monday, August 25
Game 2: Tuesday, August 26
Game 3: Wednesday, August 27
Game 4: Thursday, August 28

Phillies 0

(70-63, 31-37 away)

Expos 4

(71-64, 46-23 home)

    1:05 PM ET, August 28, 2003

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    W: J. Vazquez (12-8)

    L: A. Telemaco (1-2)

    Expos sweep past slumping Phillies

    MONTREAL (AP) -- Javier Vazquez and the Montreal Expos got Olympic Stadium rocking one more time before heading out on the road for a couple of weeks.

    Vazquez extended his scoreless streak to 26 innings and Vladimir Guerrero homered for the third time in four games as Montreal finished a four-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies with a 4-0 win Thursday.

    A crowd of 20,030 saw the Expos complete their third four-game sweep this season, and second in a row at home.

    "It's good because 20,000 here feels like 50,000," Vazquez said. "We love it."

    Montreal has won nine straight home games, and five in a row overall.

    "Now that we're playing great baseball and we're in the race, they can't see us next homestand because we play in Puerto Rico," Vazquez said. "We can't do anything about it."

    The Expos, who are 36-17 in Montreal this season, will play just six of their 27 remaining regular-season games at Olympic Stadium. To boost revenue, 22 of the team's home games were moved to Puerto Rico, including six against Florida and Chicago from Sept. 5-11.

    If the Expos make the playoffs, their postseason games would be played in Montreal. There will be no games in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Major League Baseball said Thursday.

    "We were scheduled for 22 and this is the last of the 22, but it certainly deprives us from playing in front of some of the best fans in baseball, where we get our energy," said manager Frank Robinson, whose team is 25-41 on the road.

    "Hopefully, we can have a good series down there, but we've got some business to take care of before we get to Puerto Rico."

    Philadelphia lost its sixth straight, falling to 1-9 on its season-high 13-game road trip. The Phillies entered the day tied with Florida for the NL wild-card lead, one game ahead of Montreal and St. Louis.

    "We're just not playing well," first baseman Jim Thome said. "They played well, you've got to give them credit for a good series. It's frustrating because of the position we're in. We have a good club and we're in this thing and we need to get out of this as soon as possible."

    The series drew a total of 83,145, including a fan who jumped onto the field in the left-field corner with two outs in the eighth and ran along the warning track waving a broom overhead.

    Security guards chased him across the outfield, finally catching him at the wall in right-center before rushing him off the field.

    He wasn't the only fan excited about the sweep. After the game, about a dozen brooms were thrown onto the field.

    "It felt great to have the fans backing us in this series," Guerrero said as third base coach Manny Acta translated. "Hopefully, we can continue to win and they'll continue to support us and keep showing up at the stadium."

    Vazquez (12-8) scattered four hits over eight innings, striking out 10 to increase his season total to 205 -- second in the NL to Chicago's Kerry Wood.

    Vazquez pitched a three-hitter against San Francisco on Aug. 18 for his first shutout in nearly two years, and allowed three hits over nine innings in his last start, a 1-0, 10-inning loss in San Diego.

    "Vazquez dominated us today," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "They had a big three-run first and we didn't recover. Give them credit, they're playing good right now. We're not playing good."

    Luis Ayala pitched a perfect ninth, finishing Montreal's ninth shutout of the season.

    Guerrero homered for the second straight game, a two-run shot off Amaury Telemaco (1-2) in the first that put Montreal up 3-0. It came one out after Orlando Cabrera's RBI double.

    Guerrero, who also homered in the series opener, was summoned for a curtain call after reaching 20 homers for the sixth straight season.

    Brad Wilkerson hit an RBI double in the fifth to make it 4-0.

    Telemaco allowed seven hits and four runs in six innings in his third start since he was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 17.

    Game notes

    Thome was originally scheduled to be rested but asked Bowa to put him in the lineup following Wednesday's 9-6 loss. ... The Expos swept a four-game series against San Francisco from Aug. 15-18. Montreal also swept four games against the New York Mets from April 11-14 in Puerto Rico. ... The Expos are 7-0 when they draw at least 20,000 at home. ... Montreal purchased LHP Vic Darensbourg's contract from Triple-A Edmonton following the game. LHP Eric Knott was sent outright to Edmonton.

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