Series: Game 2 of 4

Montreal leads 2-0 (as of 7/5)

Game 1: Thursday, July 4
Montreal 2Final
Philadelphia 1
Game 2: Friday, July 5
Montreal 8Final
Philadelphia 3
Game 3: Saturday, July 6
Montreal 5Final
Philadelphia 3
Game 4: Sunday, July 7
Montreal 8Final
Philadelphia 10

Expos 8

(45-40, 18-28 away)

Phillies 3

(38-46, 23-21 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 5, 2002

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: T. Ohka (8-4)

    L: R. Person (3-5)

    Ohka strikes out career-high eight in six innings

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Tomo Ohka didn't want to fall behind by two runs in the first inning, especially after giving up nine runs and 15 hits in his last two starts.

    Tomo Ohka

    But Ohka responded well, striking out a career-high eight as the Montreal Expos came back to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 Friday night.

    "He had it all tonight,'' Montreal manager Frank Robinson said. "That's the best stuff he's had.''

    Brad Wilkerson homered and Troy O'Leary drove in two runs to lead the Montreal offense. Wilkerson and O'Leary each scored twice, and Montreal pinch-hitter Wil Cordero connected for his 100th career home run.

    Ohka (8-4) gave up three runs-- one earned -- on three hits in six solid innings.

    The Phillies scored two runs in the first on one hit. Ricky Ledee led off with a walk, and a throwing error by first baseman Andres Galarraga wasted a possible double-play grounder by Jimmy Rollins.

    After Bobby Abreu and Pat Burrell struck out, Scott Rolen tripled off the wall in center field to score two.

    "That was a frustrating inning, but (Ohka) battled through it and really kept going at them,'' said catcher Michael Barrett, who gave the Expos two insurance runs with an infield single in the eighth.

    Graeme Lloyd pitched two scoreless innings to finish the five-hitter.

    Phillies starter Robert Person (3-5) had a short night. He gave up four runs on four hits through five innings and was removed for a pinch-hitter trailing 4-2. He walked the bases loaded in the fifth, when the Expos scored two runs.

    Phillies manager Larry Bowa was at a loss to explain Person's performance, his second straight start of only five innings.

    "I can't figure it out, if he's hurt he's not telling anybody about it,'' Bowa said. "He's having trouble with his location.''

    Person retired the first two batters in the fifth before walking Wilkerson, Jose Vidro and Vladimir Guerrero. O'Leary then lined a two-run single to center.

    "When you consistently give up runs with two outs and nobody on, that's unacceptable at this level,'' Bowa said. O'Leary also scored Montreal's first run when he doubled to lead off the second and came home on a single by Galarraga.

    "I'm having a hard time getting a feel for pitches,'' said Person, who is 1-2 in his last five starts. "I feel comfortable out there, but when I need a pitch I either hang it or it's a ball.''

    Wilkerson led off the third with a home run to center field, his eighth of the season and second in two games. His two-run homer in the ninth beat the Phillies 2-1 Thursday.

    The Expos added insurance runs in the ninth on Barrett's two-run single and Cordero's two-run shot into the left-field upper deck, his first of the season.

    Rollins' RBI single in the fifth made it 4-3. Rollins and Rolen were the only two Philadelphia starters with hits. Montreal's Fernando Tatis went 0-for-5, snapping his 11-game hitting streak.

    Game notes

    Before the game, the entire Phillies team and several Expos stood on the top step of the dugout for a moment of silence in honor of baseball great Ted Williams, who died Friday. ... Postgame fireworks helped draw a crowd of 44,143, the third-largest of the season. On Wednesday, 50,396 saw fireworks following a game against the Mets. ... Burrell, who entered with 10 hits in 27 at-bats against the Expos, and Abreu each struck out three times and combined to go 0-for-7. ... Cordero's homer was Montreal's third pinch-hit home run of the season and second of this road trip.

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