Final

Series: Game 1 of 2

Philadelphia leads 1-0 (as of 7/15)

Game 1: Monday, July 15
Philadelphia 11Final
Montreal 8
Game 2: Tuesday, July 16
Philadelphia 6Final
Montreal 3

Phillies 11

(42-49, 18-27 away)

Expos 8

(48-44, 29-15 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 15, 2002

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    PHI 010200008 11 - -
    MON 131110010 8 - -

    W: D. Coggin (1-2)

    L: M. Herges (2-4)

    S: J. Mesa (24)

    Phillies overcome five-run deficit in ninth

    MONTREAL (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies' biggest ninth-inning comeback in four years left Frank Robinson in tears.

    Ricky Ledee
    Ledee

    Ricky Ledee, Pat Burrell and Scott Rolen homered in an eight-run ninth inning and Philadelphia rallied past the Montreal Expos 11-8 Monday night.

    The Expos blew their biggest ninth-inning lead since Sept. 13, 1997, when they allowed six runs to the Mets at Shea Stadium to blow a 6-0 lead before losing 9-6 in 11 innings.

    "I just didn't do my job in the ninth inning,'' the Expos manager said as a tear rolled untouched down his right cheek. "I'd change a lot of things. I'd change the score, number one, but it's just -- I'll take this one, not the players.''

    The five-run deficit was the most the Phillies had overcome in the ninth inning since June 16, 1998, when they trailed Pittsburgh 7-1 before scoring seven times for an 8-7 win.

    "We've got to come out and slug, and we did that tonight,'' Burrell said. "It was something we needed to have happen. We're not a big power hitting team, but you wouldn't know it by anything tonight.''

    Trailing 8-3, the Phillies began their big comeback on Ledee's three-run shot off Jim Brower with one out in the ninth.

    Reliever Scott Stewart then bobbled Jimmy Rollins' grounder back to the mound before throwing wildly to first for an error and Bobby Abreu walked.

    Robinson summoned Matt Herges (2-4), who yielded a three-run shot to Burrell that put the Phillies ahead 9-8. It was Herges' sixth blown save of the season.

    Pinch-hitter Doug Glanville doubled and Rolen followed with his 15th homer of the season.

    "I'm not second-guessing myself on anything, I'm just taking this one on the shoulders -- that was mine,'' Robinson said. "Let's not beat the bullpen on this one, gentlemen. If you're going to take shots at anybody, take them right here. The bullpen, it wasn't their fault. It's my fault tonight.''

    Jeremy Giambi homered earlier for Philadelphia, which overcame five errors.

    "We've never quit,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "I don't care if we're 20 games under .500, they play 27 outs and they haven't quit all year. And they won't quit.''

    Dave Coggin (1-2) got the last two outs in the eighth for the win. Jose Mesa pitched the bottom half of the ninth for his 24th save in 30 opportunities.

    Rookie Brad Wilkerson hit his 11th homer to put Montreal up 7-3 in the fifth as the Expos homered for the ninth game in a row.

    Montreal added its eighth run in the eighth to take a five-run lead on Fernando Tatis' RBI single.

    Vladimir Guerrero stole three bases for Montreal.

    After Andres Galarraga walked, Terry Adams hit Orlando Cabrera with a pitch in the Montreal second, prompting home plate umpire Jerry Meals to warn both benches.

    The game was delayed for five minutes while both managers took turns arguing the decision. Bowa expressed his displeasure to Meals and crew chief Mike Reilly while Robinson waited for his turn at home plate.

    When play resumed, Brian Schneider singled to load the bases and one out later, Wilkerson walked to put Montreal up 2-1.

    Jose Vidro's run-scoring single made it 3-1 and Guerrero increased the Expos' lead with an RBI grounder.

    Burrell doubled to lead off the fourth and Giambi hit his fifth homer of the season against Montreal -- his third at Olympic Stadium -- to draw the Phillies within 5-3.

    Game notes


    Giambi has nine homers since he was acquired from Oakland on May 22. He hit eight homers in 42 games with Oakland this season. ... The Expos have hit 17 homers since July 4.

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