Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

Montreal won 3-1

Game 1: Monday, September 2
Philadelphia 1Final
Montreal 5
Game 2: Tuesday, September 3
Philadelphia 6Final
in 10
Montreal 7
Game 3: Wednesday, September 4
Philadelphia 5Final
Montreal 8
Game 4: Thursday, September 5
Philadelphia 4Final
Montreal 1

Phillies 4

(70-69, 35-37 away)

Expos 1

(69-71, 42-29 home)

    1:35 PM ET, September 5, 2002

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    W: R. Wolf (11-7)

    L: J. Vazquez (8-13)

    Abreu feasts on Expos in front of 1,000 fans

    MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Expos' attendance problems hit an all-time low Thursday.

    Before the smallest crowd in Olympic Stadium history, Bobby Abreu homered twice and tripled as the Philadelphia Phillies avoided a four-game sweep with a 4-1 victory over Montreal.

    Players' voices could be heard over the sparse and quiet crowd, announced as 2,134 -- which represents tickets sold. The actual attendance appeared to be closer to 1,000 people.

    "To me, it felt like a 'B' game in spring training, a nine o'clock game,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

    The previous smallest crowd since the team moved into Olympic Stadium in 1977 was 2,803 for a weekday game against St. Louis on Sept. 27, 1984.

    "You could hear everything,'' Phillies catcher Mike Lieberthal said. "It was funny. It was like a golf or tennis match where everyone is quiet until the ball is hit.''

    The franchise low is 2,107 on Sept. 7, 1976, in the team's eighth and final season at Jarry Park, the Expos' first home after joining the National League in 1969.

    "I can't say that it's not frustrating, but the fans have been good all year,'' Expos catcher Michael Barrett said. "It's a day game, middle of the week and I understand why it would be difficult to make it out. School's started back but we try to stay positive. Even though it's 2,000, it's 2,000 more than zero.''

    Randy Wolf (11-7) allowed five hits in pitching his third complete game of the season.

    "One time, I was on the mound and I heard (left fielder Pat) Burrell yelling, 'Come on, Wolf!''' Wolf said. "There's no way I should hear him right there. That's how quiet it was.''

    Wolf's scoreless-inning streak ended at 27 when he gave up Vladimir Guerrero's solo homer with two outs in the first.

    Abreu hit a solo homer off Javier Vazquez (8-13) in the first and added his 19th shot leading off the eighth. He led off the fourth with a triple and scored on Burrell's double to put the Phillies up 2-1.

    All of Wolf's complete games have come in his last four starts -- all victories. He worked 35 of the 36 innings in those starts.

    "That's awesome, especially the way the game is played now,'' Bowa said. "He's been phenomenal. He's what an ace does. He saves your bullpen, keeps you in the game, and wins against a really good hitting lineup. He's starting to spoil us.''

    Philadelphia made it 3-1 in the fifth on Tomas Perez's leadoff double and Doug Glanville's RBI triple.

    Abreu's second homer put the Phillies up 4-1.

    Vazquez allowed 10 hits and four runs in eight innings.

    Game notes


    Wolf has eight career complete games. He threw 86 of his 108 pitches for strikes. ... It was Abreu's seventh career multihomer game, his first since last Sept. 30 at Florida. ... The Phillies announced that they were purchasing the contract of RHP Jose Santiago from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following the game. Santiago will join the team in Philadelphia on Friday. RHP Robert Person was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. ... Vazquez wrote a letter to the sports editor of The (Montreal) Gazette that was published on the front page of Thursday's sports section, complaining about what he characterized as columnist Jack Todd's "repeated attacks on my character, as well as that of Tony Armas Jr. and some of my teammates.''

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