PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- David Bell stood on third, waiting to see if
he had the cycle.
"The thing is it's just rare," Bell said while standing
several feet away from an unopened bottle of champagne. "You're
playing the game and you're trying to get hits and win the game.
That's the part you're happy about, then you realize (the cycle) is
something that doesn't happen very often."
Bell doubled in the second, homered in the fourth, singled in
the sixth and hit a controversial triple in the seventh inning to
complete the feat also accomplished by his grandfather, Gus Bell,
who hit for the cycle for Pittsburgh on June 4, 1951.
Bell drove a 2-2 pitch off Rocky Biddle to left-center that
appeared to deflect off the outreached hands of a fan in the first
row. The ball caromed toward center field and away from Montreal's
Bell, who had a career-high six RBI, easily strolled into third
base to a standing ovation from the crowd. But Wilkerson and
Montreal manager Frank Robinson protested the call for several
minutes. The umpires convened and allowed the three-base hit to
Afterward, Robinson was clearly unhappy with the crew's
"The crew chief (first-base umpire Ed Montague) said he would
have called it a triple anyway," Robinson said. "I thought that
was a cop-out."
Bell, who was unaware of his accomplishment until third-base
coach John Vukovich told him, could finally relax and enjoy the
"I knew what (Robinson) was trying to do. If they called it a
double it would have saved them a run," Bell said. "I was just
kind of waiting to see what was going to happen."
It was his first triple of the season and the first since
joining the Phillies before last year. Not known for his speed, the
10-year-veteran has only 12 triples in his career.
"When you're ahead by a lot and you hit the ball like that, you
usually pull up into second," manager Larry Bowa said. "I think
David had it in his mind he needed a triple."
After struggling through an injury-riddled 2003 in which he hit
.195 with just four home runs and 37 RBI, Bell said he has simply
been content with being on the field.
"I'm just glad I'm playing," Bell said. "I think I handled
(last year) as well as I could, but it was tough."
Chase Utley added a three-run home run in the sixth.
Kevin Millwood (6-5) won despite allowing three home runs. He
gave up five runs and five hits over six innings, but struck out a
Millwood improved to 10-0 in his last 11 starts against
Montreal. His last loss to the Expos came on August 28, 2001, when
he was with Atlanta.
"When things aren't going good," Millwood said, "you take it
any way you can get it."
Burrell knocked in the Phillies' first run with a homer in the
second. It was his second home run in as many days and 14th of the
With Philadelphia trailing 3-2 in the fourth, Expos starter
Sun-Woo Kim (3-4) intentionally walked Jim Thome to load the bases
with two outs for Burrell, who ripped a groundball up the middle,
scoring Placido Polanco and Abreu.
Bell then smacked a hanging curveball from reliever T.J. Tucker
to left for his ninth homer of the year.
Bell drove in another run with a bases-loaded single in a
five-run sixth. Mike Lieberthal hit a sacrifice fly off Julio
Vargas that scored Thome and Utley hit his first career pinch-hit
homer, a three-run shot that extended the Phillies lead to 12-5.
Kim threw 101 pitches in just 3 2-3 innings. He gave up six runs
and walked a season-high five batters in losing his fourth straight
"We came back from 3 runs down. And then they made another run
at us and we came back again," Bowa said. "I like that."
Jose Vidro singled in the third to extend his hitting streak to
15 games and homered in the eighth.
The last Phillie to hit for the cycle was Gregg Jefferies
on August 25, 1995. Seven other Philadelphia players have done so.
Chuck Kelin did it twice. There have been 242 other cycles in major
league history. ... Burrell had three hits in his last 25 at-bats
before homering in the second.