PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Doug Glanville knows his role in his second
stint with Philadelphia: Spot starts in center field, late-inning
defense and some pinch hitting.
And some dramatic hits, too.
Glanville homered leading off the ninth inning to lift the
Phillies over the Montreal Expos 5-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Glanville hit a 3-1 pitch off Rocky Biddle (0-1) over the
left-field wall to give the Phillies their fourth straight win in
their new ballpark following a loss in the opener. He was crushed
by his teammates at home plate as the Phillies danced off the
"He's got to pay the price when he does something good," a
smiling Jim Thome said.
The park is turning into a home-run haven, with four more hit
Sunday. Glanville saw how well the ball carried in batting practice
and was just waiting for his chance.
"I got it up in the air and I was thinking if it carried like
it did in batting practice, I have a good shot," he said. "It's a
great feeling. I learned last year with the Cubs that you may not
get a lot of opportunities, but when you do, you shine."
Glanville's pinch-hit triple drove in the go-ahead runs for
Chicago last year in Game 3 of the NL championship series. In the
offseason, he signed a one-year deal with the Phillies and returned
to the organization he played for from 1998 to 2002.
Glanville was a starter then and had 204 hits in 1999 -- the last
time he came out for a curtain call in front of the Philly fans.
"It's still an adjustment," Glanville said of his role as a
The homer sent Montreal (2-10) to its seventh straight loss, its
longest skid in more than three years.
Billy Wagner, who saved Philadelphia's previous three games,
made his fourth straight appearance with the score 4-all in the
ninth. Wagner (1-0) gave up one hit and earned his first win with
Wagner told manager Larry Bowa before the game he could pitch at
least one inning, and Bowa doesn't hesitate to use Wagner in a tie
game at home.
Montreal scored more than three runs for the first time this
season. The Expos had been the first team since the 1997 Phillies
to fail to score more than three runs in each of their first 11
Still, the Expos are on their longest losing streak since
dropping nine straight from Sept. 23 to Oct. 1, 2000. They also
matched the longest April losing streak in team history (1991, 1998
Montreal, which had nine hits, has the worst batting average
(.194), on-base percentage (.249) and slugging percentage (.287) in
the major leagues.
The Expos did get two first-inning homers for a 3-0 lead.
"It's good to get a start like that, but you figure you might
be able to score six or seven runs," manager Frank Robinson said.
Thome also homered for the Phillies, who have an off day Monday
before starting a three-game series with World Series champion
Thome's homer in the fifth gave the Phillies a short-lived lead
and he could have delivered again in the seventh. The Phillies had
runners on first and second with two outs, but Thome's liner off
Luis Ayala was right at first baseman Luis Lopez.
The Expos, who were shut out four times in their first 11 games,
went on an offensive tear for them at least, in the first inning.
Orlando Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Randy Wolf and Brad
Wilkerson had a solo shot.
"It was good, no doubt, but we didn't do much after that,"
That's because Wolf settled down to pitch what he said was his
best game of the season. He struck out five -- including Lopez three
times -- and gave up only three more hits after the first.
"Today was the first time in a while I felt really in
control," Wolf said.
Wolf was due to lead off the seventh and to face Montreal's
8-9-1 hitters in the bottom half. Instead, he was pulled on a
double-switch, with Glanville going to center field and Rheal
Cormier coming into pitch.
Brian Schneider, the first batter Cormier faced, hit a shot to
straightaway center that Glanville failed to catch while crashing
into the wall. Schneider had a triple and scored on Peter
Bergeron's single for a 4-all tie.
The run stopped a 13-innning scoreless streak by the Phillies'
Philadelphia had gone ahead 4-3 in the fifth on Thome's second
homer of the season.
"The offense has finally clicked," Thome said. "It's good to
get things going."
Philadelphia RF Bobby Abreu lost a popup in the sun, then
found it and stretched out his arm to make the catch. The top part
of the ball stuck out of the very top of his glove. ... Rollins
tripled with two outs in the fourth -- Philadelphia's first triple
of the season. Rollins was stranded. ... Thome hit career homer No.
383 moving past Jim Rice and Frank Howard and into 45th place on
the career list.