Series: Game 3 of 3

Philadelphia won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, July 2
in 16
Game 2: Saturday, July 3
Game 3: Sunday, July 4

Orioles 2

(34-44, 17-22 away)

Phillies 5

(43-37, 23-18 home)

    1:35 PM ET, July 4, 2004

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: E. Milton (11-2)

    L: S. Ponson (3-12)

    S: T. Worrell (9)

    Milton, Phillies baffle Orioles

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bobby Abreu has impressed teammate Jim Thome with his offensive skills.

    Abreu homered and drove in three runs, and Eric Milton became the first 11-game winner in the National League and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Sunday.

    Abreu went 2-for-4 with his 17th homer and a two-run double for Philadelphia, which took two of three in the series and improved to 5-2 on its current 14-game homestand.

    "Along with former teammate Manny Ramirez, Bobby is one of the best pure hitters I've played with," Thome said.

    Phillies manager Larry Bowa added: "It's not easy to hit .300 and he does it every year. He also punches in and plays every single day."

    Milton (11-2) pitched six-plus solid innings and joined Boston's Curt Schilling and Texas' Kenny Rogers for most victories in the majors.

    Coming off his worst start of the season against the Expos on Tuesday -- seven earned runs in five innings, Milton gave up two runs -- one earned -- on seven hits, striking out four and walking one. He also had two hits.

    "Milton has been our rock," Bowa said.

    Milton, who was acquired by a trade from Minnesota in the offseason, has won six of his last seven starts. He missed most of last season with knee surgery.

    "It's shocking to me," Milton said when asked about having 11 wins before the break. "But we're a very good team that is starting to get hot right now."

    Milton gave up consecutive singles to start the seventh and was replaced by Rheal Cormier, who retired the side with help from a double-play grounder by leadoff hitter Brian Roberts.

    "We had opportunities, putting runners on and had the right guys up, guys that can run," Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli said. "You don't expect your leadoff man to hit into a double play.

    "It seems like guys are trying too hard. We just have to fight through it."

    Roberto Hernandez worked the eighth and Tim Worrell closed the game with his ninth save in 12 chances.

    "Roberto did a great job for us there," said Bowa, who wasn't going to use closer Billy Wagner for a fourth consecutive day.

    Sidney Ponson (3-12), who returned to the Orioles as a free agent in the offseason, dropped his club-record ninth consecutive start and is 1-10 in his last 11. He leads the majors in losses. On Sunday, he went six inning and allowed nine hits, five runs and two walks. He struck six.

    Miguel Tejada extended his hitting streak to 19 with a fourth-inning double for the Orioles.

    Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead in the second on a Chase Utley's two-run double to deep center field. The play was originally ruled a three-run homer by second base umpire Brian O'Nora but was quickly disputed by several Orioles including center fielder Luis Matos and Mazzilli.

    Umpire crew chief Jerry Crawford reversed the call, ruling it a double that scored Jim Thome and David Bell. Replays showed the ball hit off the top of the fence and caromed back into play.

    There was no controversy about Abreu's solo shot to center in the fourth, giving the Phillies a 3-1 edge.

    Abreu added a two-run double in the fifth, padding the lead to 5-2.

    Javy Lopez gave Baltimore a 1-0 lead in the second with his 11th homer of the season.

    The Orioles pulled within 3-2 in the fifth when Chad Mottola scored on Bell's throwing error. Milton escaped further damage by retiring Tejada on a groundout with the bases loaded.

    Game notes

    Baltimore finished its season interleague play at 5-13. Philadelphia is 9-8 with one game against the Chicago White Sox to be played on Aug. 30. ... Ponson became the first Oriole pitcher with 12 losses before the All-Star break. ... Philadelphia evened the all-time interleague series with Baltimore at 18-18. ... SS Jimmy Rollins committed his first error since May 11 -- 48 games. ... David Newhan's 15-game hitting streak ended when he flied out as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning. He had a hit in every game since joining the Orioles.<

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