PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Kevin Millwood rejoined the Philadelphia
rotation on Sunday, too late to do any good for the Phillies in the
Millwood pitched two innings in his return from the disabled
list, and the Phillies went on to beat the Montreal Expos 7-2.
Millwood had not pitched since Aug. 5 because of a sprained
ligament and tendon in his right elbow, and the Phillies fell out
of postseason contention during his absence. He had decent
velocity, in the low 90-mph range, but struggled with his command,
allowing one run and three hits with three strikeouts and two
"I honestly wasn't looking to throw that hard," Millwood said.
"I was a little anxious before the game. I don't know if I was
pumped up. It was a fun day, but I still have things to work on."
Millwood, eligible to become a free agent after the World
Series, won three of four starts going into the Aug. 5 game at San
Diego. He left that game after two innings with soreness in his
He is 9-6 with a 4.86 ERA in 24 starts this tear. Phillies
manager Larry Bowa was pleasantly surprised at Millwood's effort
against the Expos.
"I thought Millwood threw well," he said. "I wasn't expecting
that kind of velocity. I expected 89-90 the first time out. He had
good life on his fastball."
Gavin Floyd (2-0) won despite allowing four hits and five walks
in three innings, allowing one run. Amaury Telemaco, Todd Jones and
Billy Wagner combined for four shutout innings to finish the game.
Wagner returned from a two-game suspension for his ejection at the
New York Mets last weekend.
"My curveball was working when I used it," Floyd said.
Scott Downs (3-6) gave up five runs and eight hits in four
innings. Montreal stranded 13 runners, leaving the bases loaded
With the score 2-all in the fourth, Rollins hit an RBI single
and Polanco followed with a two-run single that made it 5-2. The
Phillies added a pair of runs in the sixth off Gary Majewski on
Bobby Abreu's RBI double and David Bell's run-scoring single.
Tony Batista's RBI double in the first put Montreal ahead, but
Lieberthal's 16th homer tied in in the second and Philadelphia went
ahead in the third when Jim Thome's popup was dropped by shortstop
Maicer Izturis on the windy afternoon, and a run scored on the
play, which was ruled a hit.
Endy Chavez retied it in the fourth with an RBI single for
Montreal, which finished its trip at 6-7.
"We had a good trip, but we didn't finish it off like we would
have wanted to," Montreal manager Frank Robinson said. "We
couldn't make things happen when we had the opportunities."
The crowd of 42,603 put the Phillies' home attendance over
3 million for only the second time at 3,036,284, the first since
the pennant-winning season of 1993. ... Batista went 8-for-14
(.571) with six RBI in the series. He has 17 RBI against
Philadelphia this season. ... Lieberthal's homer was the team's
200th of the season.