Series: Game 3 of 4

Montreal leads 3-0 (as of 7/6)

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 5

(46-40, 19-28 away)

Phillies 3

(38-47, 23-22 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 6, 2002

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: J. Vazquez (6-5)

    L: B. Duckworth (5-6)

    S: S. Stewart (12)

    Wilkerson homers for third straight game

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Andres Galarraga and Fernando Tatis played home run derby in batting practice. After a winner wasn't decided there, the duo took the competition into the game.

    Brad Wilkerson

    Galarraga and Tatis each launched home runs, and Brad Wilkerson homered for the third straight game to lift the Montreal Expos over the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 Saturday night.

    The Expos, winners of three straight and four of five, have outhomered their opponents 20-9 during a 12-game road trip. The Phillies, who left 13 runners on base, have lost four of their last five.

    Galarraga and Tatis each put on a dazzling power show in batting practice, including two long upper-deck shots by Galarraga.

    "The wind was blowing out (in batting practice), so we had a little game to see who could hit it in the upper deck,'' Galarraga said. "We were tied, so we had to settle it in the game. It was nice to carry that over to the game.''

    Tatis started the fourth with his 12th home run of the year -- a 411-foot blast -- giving the Expos 2-0 lead. Tatis, who had an 11-game hitting streak snapped on Friday, went 2-for-2 with three walks and two runs scored.

    After Philadelphia got within 2-1 in the fifth, Galarraga launched a two-run shot off the facing of the upper deck in left-center field in the sixth. It was his second of the season. The homer traveled 414 feet.

    Javier Vazquez (6-5) was effective over five innings. He allowed one run on five hits, tied a season-high with four walks and struck out three.

    T.J. Tucker preserved a one-run lead with 1 2/3 innings in relief and Scott Stewart pitched the ninth for his 12th save.

    Wilkerson gave Montreal a quick lead when he led off the game against Brandon Duckworth (5-6) with his ninth homer of the season to right field. The rookie started his home run string with a two-out, two-run shot in the ninth inning of a 2-1 win Thursday.

    "It felt good to get it started like that,'' Wilkerson said. "I feel really good swinging the bat.''

    Montreal added a run in the ninth on Jose Macias' RBI single.

    "The offense picked things up for the pitching,'' Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "It was a struggle all the way through the game.''

    Vazquez ran into a jam in the fifth, but survived with minimal damage.

    Duckworth singled and, one out later, Jimmy Rollins singled and Bobby Abreu followed with a walk. Pat Burrell, who carries a .379 career average and three homers with the bases loaded, flied out to deep right field, scoring Duckworth. With runners at first and third, Vazquez struck out Jeremy Giambi.

    "I think this is going to be the turnaround point for (Vazquez) because he battled for five innings,'' Robinson said. "I think we're going to see the real Vazquez after the All-Star break. Then, we'll have something. We need him for the second half.''

    Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa continued to look for answers.

    "One thing sticks out in this game -- 13 men left on base,'' he said. "We can't get the big hit and we can't get a big pitch when we need it, either.

    Duckworth pitched six innings, surrendering four runs on eight hits. He struck out two and walked three.

    Duckworth has surrendered eight home runs in his last three starts combined.

    "I'm trying to make guys hit the ball, the problem is some have been going out of the park,'' Duckworth said.

    Philadelphia pulled with 4-2 in the sixth inning against reliever Jim Brower, who walked three and gave up a Travis Lee ground-rule double while getting just two outs. Rollins drew a RBI walk to make the score 4-2. Graeme Lloyd relieved and got Abreu to fly out to deep right field for the third out.

    Jeremy Giambi's solo homer off Matt Herges in the seventh made it 4-3.

    Game notes

    Wilkerson's home run was the second leadoff shot of his career. ... Tatis has five homers, 12 RBI and 10 runs scored in last 12 games. ... Burrell is 0-for-6 with two RBI with the bases loaded this season. ... Duckworth has given up a team-high 16 homers in 17 starts. ... Giambi has a combined 16 homers in 72 games with Philadelphia and Oakland. ... Vazquez is 7-2 lifetime against Philadelphia. ... Galarraga has 379 home runs for his career. ... Ricky Ledee went 0-for-1 with career-high four walks. ... Expos pitchers combined for 10 walks.<

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