Final

Series: Game 2 of 4

Philadelphia leads 2-0 (as of 6/29)

Game 1: Monday, June 28
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Philadelphia14
Game 2: Tuesday, June 29
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Philadelphia17
Game 3: Wednesday, June 30
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Game 4: Thursday, July 1
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Expos 7

(25-50, 12-28 away)

Phillies 17

(40-35, 20-16 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 29, 2004

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: E. Milton (10-2)

    L: S. Hill (0-1)

    Philly follows 14-6 win with another whopper

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- None of the Philadelphia Phillies' starting pitchers inspires the team's offense like Eric Milton.

    Bobby Abreu and David Bell each homered and drove in three runs, and Philadelphia roughed up the Montreal Expos for the second straight night with a 17-7 victory Tuesday.

    Milton (10-2) allowed seven runs on seven hits in five innings, but moved into a tie for the major league lead in wins. He helped his own cause with his first career sacrifice fly in the second inning and an RBI single in Philadelphia's six-run third.

    In his first 15 starts, Milton had received 6.96 runs per game, second-best in the National League. That number crept even higher as he notched his fifth win in his last six decisions, even though his ERA climbed to 4.68.

    "If you figured that out, you'd be a genius," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said of Milton's run support. "We have to start doing things together. Either we get a lot of hitting and no pitching or a lot of pitching and no hitting."

    The Phillies had 17 hits, batted around twice and got at least one hit and a run from their starting lineup except Jim Thome.

    Jimmy Rollins also had three RBI, while Placido Polanco homered and scored twice and pinch-hitter Tomas Perez added a two-run shot in the eighth. Bell, who hit for the cycle on Monday, also scored three runs and had an RBI single in the third.

    In the first two games of a four-game series, the Phillies have racked up 31 runs, 32 hits and seven home runs. The Phillies routed the Expos 14-6 Monday.

    And, as Bowa noted, there's plenty more to come.

    "The hot weather hasn't even got here yet," Bowa said. "You have to keep the ball down in this park."

    Phillies rookie Ryan Madson pitched three hitless innings in relief of Milton. The 23-year-old was dominant on a night when almost every pitcher struggled mightily.

    "I guess that's a good end to be on," said Madson, who Bowa called the team's "unsung hero" so far this season. "Polanco and (Rollins) made a couple good plays to help me out. It wasn't just me."

    Polanco led off the third with his fourth homer of the year. After Abreu walked and Thome struck out, four of the next five hitters singled off Expos starter Shawn Hill (0-1). Rollins capped the rally with a two-run double that made it 8-3.

    "It just helps with our confidence," Rollins said of the offense's big night. "Just knowing we're going to hit. Not knowing how, not knowing when, not knowing who. We're just going to hit."

    Montreal pulled to one down on back-to-back homers from Nick Johnson and Juan Rivera, but the Phillies answered with a five-run fifth, highlighted by Abreu's 424-foot homer.

    For the second night in a row, the Phillies had six- and five-run innings.

    "We're running too many pitchers out there," Montreal manager Frank Robinson said. "They're tired and worn down. Same as last night: too many mistake pitches."

    Hill, making his first major league appearance in place of Tony Armas Jr., surrendered eight runs and seven hits, while walking four in 2 2-3 innings.

    "(Hill) started to overthrow," Robinson said. "He was probably trying too hard."

    Armas, who missed most of last year and the first two months of this season following surgery on his throwing shoulder, was scratched a few hours before gametime due to stiffness in the joint. He is expected to make his next start on Saturday against Toronto.

    Montreal's Jose Vidro extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the fifth.

    Game notes


    The Phillies hit their 43rd homer this month, breaking a club record for home runs in a month set in June 1977. ... The Expos are a combined 0-9 at the National League's newest ballparks -- Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park and Petco Park in San Diego. ... Vidro had an RBI groundout in the first for his 21st RBI this month. He had just 15 RBI in the first two months of the season. ... Phillies LF Pat Burrell was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored before leaving the game after four innings with a strained groin. ... Expos SS Orlando Cabrera had two stolen bases. ... Four pitchers combined to throw 245 pitches in the first five innings.

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