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Thome goes 4-for-4 with home run

4/16/2004

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jim Thome and Pat Burrell turned the
Phillies' new ballpark into a hitters' haven for at least one
night.

Thome went 4-for-4 with a home run, and Burrell also homered to
lead Philadelphia over the Montreal Expos 4-2 Friday in the first
night game at Citizens Bank Park.

"When the big guys hit, you can't tell if it's a hitters' park
because they're going to hit them out of Yellowstone National
Park," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "I don't know how it's
going to play right now, but we got some big hits tonight."

Eric Milton allowed two runs over six innings for Philadelphia,
which has won two straight games for the first time this season.

Milton (1-0), signed as a free agent last offseason after six
years in Minnesota, struck out six -- one in each inning -- and
walked none for his first win with the Phillies.

Tim Worrell followed with two scoreless innings and Billy Wagner
pitched a perfect ninth for his third save, reaching at least 100
mph on the radar gun three times.

Each triple-digit fastball resulted in a standing ovation from
the 39,613 fans who were clearly relieved the home club was back on
a winning track.

"I've never seen the fans get revved up over a 100 like that,"
Bowa said. "I just hope he doesn't throw his arm out trying to top
every pitch."

Tony Batista homered in the second to end the Expos' scoreless
drought at 34 innings. Batista added a double for Montreal, which
lost its fifth straight.

Livan Hernandez (0-2) pitched well, giving up three runs and
eight hits in six innings for Montreal.

"The way we're going, 'well' isn't good enough," Expos manager
Frank Robinson said. "He pitched a good game. We're just not
giving ourselves enough chances to score."

After Batista gave the Expos their first lead since Monday,
Thome opened the bottom of the second with a sharp single to
center. Burrell then hit a 2-2 fastball and into the left-center
seats.

It was the first home run of the season for Burrell, who hit 21
in 2003 after recording 37 the year before.

Burrell's average now stands at .324 following last season's
.209 effort.

"Pat's been picking us up big-time," Thome said. "When we all
get rolling, it's going to be a lot of fun."

In the third inning, Burrell hit a deep drive to right field
that the Expos' Juan Rivera bobbled at the fence, scoring Bobby
Abreu and putting Philadelphia up 3-1. Burrell was credited with a
single and his ninth RBI.

Milton settled down after getting the lead and retired 13
straight batters following back-to-back singles in the second.
Orlando Cabrera ended the streak with a two-out single in the
sixth. Batista doubled down the third-base line to cut the lead to
one. Milton got Brad Wilkerson to fly out to right to end the
threat.

"I worked my butt off to get back and worked hard in spring
training," said Milton, who made only three appearances last
season because of a knee injury. "Once you get deep into games,
that's what you look for. That's when the adrenaline starts to
pump. That's when you can reach back for a little extra."

Batista entered the game 2-for-25 and hadn't homered since Sept.
24 when he was a member of the Baltimore Orioles.

Thome sealed the win with a flyball that barely cleared the
fence in right-center for his first home run of the season.

"It's always nice to hit the first one, especially in that
situation when it added another run and allowed us to win a game
like that," Thome said. "Yesterday (6-4 comeback victory over
Cincinnati) got us going and we carried it over into tonight."
^Notes: RHP Ryan Madson dropped the appeal of his three-game
suspension and began serving Friday. Madson, who has pitched four
scoreless innings in relief, will miss the rest of the weekend
series. ... Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins was 0-for-4 with two
strikeouts and is hitless in eight at-bats since moving into the
leadoff spot on Thursday. Bowa said that he will decide early
Saturday if Rollins will remain atop the lineup. ... Montreal's
Termel Sledge grounded out in the seventh, making him 0-for-13 this
season.