Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Montreal leads 1-0 (as of 9/24)

Game 1: Friday, September 24
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Montreal8
Game 2: Saturday, September 25
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in 10
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Game 3: Sunday, September 26
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Phillies 1

(79-74, 42-37 away)

Expos 8

(65-89, 35-40 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 24, 2004

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    W: S. Kim (4-5)

    L: B. Myers (9-11)

    Expos snap Phls' four-game win streak

    MONTREAL (AP) -- Frank Robinson gave Sun-Woo Kim the chance to reach new territory on the mound.

    The Korean right-hander came within an out of his first career complete game and shutout and also hit a two-run double in the Montreal Expos' 8-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.

    Kim (4-5) lost his shutout bid on Jason Michaels' RBI double in the ninth, his 123rd -- and final -- pitch of the game.

    "Nobody was rooting harder for him to pitch a complete game and shutout than I was," Robinson said. "But I wasn't going to let him throw any more after he lost the shutout because that was more pitches than he's thrown all year long."

    He allowed seven hits and one run in 8 2-3 innings -- his longest outing in 26 career starts.

    "The last five or six times, I never went over 90 pitches," Kim said. "I didn't know how many pitches I'd thrown in the game but after the sixth or seventh inning I was a little bit tired, but I just let it go."

    Terrmel Sledge homered for Montreal, which ended Philadelphia's four-game winning streak.

    Brett Myers (9-11) allowed nine hits and seven runs in three-plus innings in the loss.

    "Tonight, he gives up six straight hits, and five of the six he's ahead in the count," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "I expected him tonight to have a good outing and it just didn't happen."

    Kim issued a one-out walk to Ryan Howard in the ninth before getting David Bell for his career-high eighth strikeout. Michaels followed with his run-scoring double to right-center field. T.J. Tucker came in and got Pat Burrell -- who struck out in each of his three at-bats against Kim -- to fly to center for the final out.

    "You have to give (Kim) some credit because he went so deep in the game," Burrell said. "But I can't speak for the other guys, but I was obviously (very bad) tonight. I have no excuse. I have to do a better job."

    Tony Batista hit an RBI double in the first and a sacrifice fly in the third to put Montreal up 2-0.

    The Expos chased Myers with six straight hits to begin the fourth, including Kim's second double of the season.

    Juan Rivera hit a leadoff double before advancing to third on Brian Schneider's single. Brendan Harris' RBI single made it 3-0, and Maicer Izturis beat out an infield hit to load the bases.

    Kim hit Myers' 1-0 pitch off the left-field wall for a two-run double to put Montreal up 5-0.

    "Nobody out and the bases loaded, I didn't want to hit a groundball," Kim said. "I wanted a flyball, so I tried a big swing and I was just lucky."

    Brad Wilkerson looped a two-run single over a drawn-in infield to increase the lead to seven and chase Myers.

    Sledge homered to right on a 2-0 pitch from Brian Powell in the fifth to make it 8-0.

    Game notes


    Kim's previous longest start was 8 1-3 innings at Cincinnati on Sept. 28, 2002. His longest outing this season was seven scoreless innings on Sept. 13 against Florida at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field. The Expos eventually lost 6-3. ... The Phillies didn't take batting practice before the game. ... Michaels made a sensational diving catch on Izturis' sinking liner to right to end the eighth. ... Rivera extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

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