Thome hit his major league-leading 24th home run and Kevin Millwood won for the first time in eight starts, leading the Phillies over the Montreal Expos 5-2 Wednesday night.Thome homered off Kim () to lead off the second, and Mike
Lieberthal and David Bell also had solo shots for Philadelphia."We were fortunate. We got some pitches to hit, and hit them,"
Thome said.The Phillies have hit 94 home runs this season, including 27 in
their last 15 games, and are tied with the Chicago Cubs for the NL
lead."We didn't have a whole lot of guys on base but it was one of
those games where you have to give Millwood credit," Thome said.
"He really pitched a nice game for us."Millwood (5-5), who was 0-3 in his previous seven starts,
pitched 6 1/3 effective innings for his first win since May 11. He
allowed two runs and five hits, including Orlando Cabrera's RBI
single in the first and Jose Vidro's solo homer in the sixth."Millwood pitched a great game. We really needed that,"
Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.Billy Wagner pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save in 12
opportunities.Montreal's three-game winning streak ended one victory short of
its season high. Despite the streak, the Expos have lost eight of
11 and have the worst record in the majors at 23-46."We've got to tip our hat to Millwood tonight," Vidro said.
"He seemed to battle out there and got himself out of some jams.
We were battling out there but we came up short."Phillies center fielder Ricky Ledee returned to Philadelphia
earlier in the day to have hemorrhoid surgery, leaving Bowa with a
23-man roster. Right-hander Elizardo Ramirez was not able to fly to
Montreal with the team Monday because of visa problems.Ledee had been scheduled to make his second straight start in
center after Marlon Byrd was sent to the minors Sunday. Ledee
aggravated his condition in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to Montreal.Thome drew the Phillies even at 1 in the second when he drove an
0-2 pitch from Kim over the wall in deep left-center to lead off
the inning.Jimmy Rollins hit a one-out double in the third and, one out
later, Bobby Abreu's RBI double put Philadelphia up 2-1.Lieberthal made it 3-1 on his eighth homer with one out in the
fourth.Bell led off the sixth with his seventh homer to increase the
lead to three and Rollins hit an RBI single later in the inning to
chase Kim."When [Kim] got the ball up, they took advantage of it and hit
it," Expos manager Frank Robinson said.Vidro led off the bottom half with his seventh homer. He
extended his hitting streak to 10 games, tying the Expos' season
high.Kim allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
The Phillies have hit 92 homers since April 15. ... CF
Jason Michaels replaced Ledee in the lineup and went 1-for-3 with a
walk before Doug Glanville replaced him defensively in the eighth.
... Tony Batista, Terrmel Sledge and Cabrera also had 10-game
hitting streaks for the Expos this season.