"The ball was carrying, but you've still got to put the good
part of the bat on it," Bell said.
Kevin Millwood (1-2) gave up three runs and seven hits in seven
innings and struck out seven to win his fifth straight decision
Montreal, which has lost six consecutive games, has scored just
15 runs in 11 games and has not scored more than three runs in any
game. The Expos (2-9) are on their longest losing streak since
dropping six in a row from Aug. 29 to Sept. 3 last year.
The Expos, who had seven hits, have the worst batting average
(.187), on-base percentage (.244) and slugging percentage (.263) in
the major leagues. Left fielder Terrmel Sledge went 0-for-4 and is
0-for-18 this season.
"We got some better swings today," manager Frank Robinson.
"We just haven't put it all together yet. Hopefully, it will start
The Phillies are finally starting to hit and the ball seems to
carry well in their new ballpark. After hitting only two home runs
in their first seven games, the Phillies have eight in their last
"There are some guys that are struggling, but we are coming out
of it," manager Larry Bowa said.
Bell was limited to only 85 games last season, playing just
twice after the All-Star break because of a back problem and hip
trouble that followed. He hit .195 with four home runs and 37 RBI.
This year, he second on the team in RBI and has two home runs.
"I want to be out playing and I'm getting the chance to that,"
Bell said. "I feel great and am just excited about our team and
being out there and playing. It's going how I want it to be."
Though it's early, Burrell seems to have put last year's awful
.209, 64 RBI-season behind him. Burrell changed his stance, dropped
his hands and early hits gave him a confidence boost. He was
2-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk against the Expos.
"Last year he swung at everything," Bowa said. "He's very
confident when he steps in the box. His confidence is pretty high
With the score 3-all in the fourth, Burrell singled off John
Patterson (1-1) and Bell homered. Abreu added an eighth-inning
homer off Chad Bentz.
Patterson (1-1) gave up five runs and five hits in four innings.
"I just felt like I wasn't aggressive enough with my pitches
and that hurt me," Patterson said.
Polanco hit a solo shot in the first and three batters later
Burrell had a two-run homer that hit the netting on the right-field
foul pole. Burrell also had one of two Philadelphia homers in
Friday's 4-2 win.
Millwood's seven innings were the most by a Phillies starter
this season and he won for the first time since last Sept. 3.
"It seems likes it's been four years since I had a win," he
said. "To get that first one out of the way, hopefully it will
snowball into a lot more."
^Notes:@ Jim Thome doubled his first time up after he went 4-for-4
Friday. It was his 1,500th career hit. ... Manager Larry Bowa gave
SS Jimmy Rollins the game off and put Marlon Byrd, who was batting
seventh, back in the leadoff spot. Rollins is in a season-long
slump, hitting only .121. "He's been swinging at a lot of bad
pitches," Bowa said. "He's overanxious. Stuff like that happens
when you're trying too hard." ... Bowa said Thome has been
bothered by a bone bruise on his left hand. Bowa said Thome hurt
the hand during the home opener Monday. ... Robinson moved 2B Jose
Vidro to the cleanup spot to shake up his team's offense Vidro was
0-for-4. ... The Phillies have only one error this season.