Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

Philadelphia leads 1-0 (as of 6/28)

Game 1: Monday, June 28
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Game 2: Tuesday, June 29
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Game 3: Wednesday, June 30
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Game 4: Thursday, July 1
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Expos 6

(25-49, 12-27 away)

Phillies 14

(39-35, 19-16 home)

7:05 PM ET, June 28, 2004

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

R H E
MON - -
PHI - -

W: K. Millwood (6-5)

L: S. Kim (3-4)

Bell drives in career-high six runs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- David Bell stood on third, waiting to see if he had the cycle.

Bell had to endure a conference by the umpires before learning that his triple would count giving him the cycle, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Montreal Expos 14-6 Monday night.

Going Full Cycle
A rundown of David Bell's at-bats on Monday:

2nd inning: Double.
3rd inning: Walk.
4th inning: Three-run homer.
6th inning: RBI single.
7th inning: Two-run triple.

"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 Brad Wilkerson.

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 stand.

Afterward, Robinson was clearly unhappy with the crew's decision.

"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 moment.

"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."

Bell was the third major league player to hit for the cycle this season. Milwaukee's Chad Moeller did it on April 27 and Pittsburgh's Daryle Ward did so May 26.

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."

Pat Burrell homered, scored three runs and drove in three, while Bobby Abreu went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a pair of walks to reach base in all five plate appearances.

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 season-high nine.

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 season.

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 decision.

Wilkerson and Terrmel Sledge homered to give the Expos an early 3-0 lead. Tony Batista added a two-run shot off Millwood to bring Montreal within two in the sixth.

"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.

Game notes


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.

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