Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Philadelphia won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, April 16
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Philadelphia4
Game 2: Saturday, April 17
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Game 3: Sunday, April 18
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Expos 4

(2-10, 1-5 away)

Phillies 5

(5-6, 4-1 home)

    1:35 PM ET, April 18, 2004

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: B. Wagner (1-0)

    L: R. Biddle (0-1)

    Phillies win fourth straight at new ballpark

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Doug Glanville knows his role in his second stint with Philadelphia: Spot starts in center field, late-inning defense and some pinch hitting.

    And some dramatic hits, too.

    Glanville homered leading off the ninth inning to lift the Phillies over the Montreal Expos 5-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

    Glanville hit a 3-1 pitch off Rocky Biddle (0-1) over the left-field wall to give the Phillies their fourth straight win in their new ballpark following a loss in the opener. He was crushed by his teammates at home plate as the Phillies danced off the field.

    "He's got to pay the price when he does something good," a smiling Jim Thome said.

    The park is turning into a home-run haven, with four more hit Sunday. Glanville saw how well the ball carried in batting practice and was just waiting for his chance.

    "I got it up in the air and I was thinking if it carried like it did in batting practice, I have a good shot," he said. "It's a great feeling. I learned last year with the Cubs that you may not get a lot of opportunities, but when you do, you shine."

    Glanville's pinch-hit triple drove in the go-ahead runs for Chicago last year in Game 3 of the NL championship series. In the offseason, he signed a one-year deal with the Phillies and returned to the organization he played for from 1998 to 2002.

    Glanville was a starter then and had 204 hits in 1999 -- the last time he came out for a curtain call in front of the Philly fans.

    "It's still an adjustment," Glanville said of his role as a reserve outfielder.

    The homer sent Montreal (2-10) to its seventh straight loss, its longest skid in more than three years.

    Billy Wagner, who saved Philadelphia's previous three games, made his fourth straight appearance with the score 4-all in the ninth. Wagner (1-0) gave up one hit and earned his first win with the Phillies.

    Wagner told manager Larry Bowa before the game he could pitch at least one inning, and Bowa doesn't hesitate to use Wagner in a tie game at home.

    Montreal scored more than three runs for the first time this season. The Expos had been the first team since the 1997 Phillies to fail to score more than three runs in each of their first 11 games.

    Still, the Expos are on their longest losing streak since dropping nine straight from Sept. 23 to Oct. 1, 2000. They also matched the longest April losing streak in team history (1991, 1998 and 1999).

    Montreal, which had nine hits, has the worst batting average (.194), on-base percentage (.249) and slugging percentage (.287) in the major leagues.

    The Expos did get two first-inning homers for a 3-0 lead.

    "It's good to get a start like that, but you figure you might be able to score six or seven runs," manager Frank Robinson said.

    Thome also homered for the Phillies, who have an off day Monday before starting a three-game series with World Series champion Florida.

    Thome's homer in the fifth gave the Phillies a short-lived lead and he could have delivered again in the seventh. The Phillies had runners on first and second with two outs, but Thome's liner off Luis Ayala was right at first baseman Luis Lopez.

    The Expos, who were shut out four times in their first 11 games, went on an offensive tear for them at least, in the first inning. Orlando Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Randy Wolf and Brad Wilkerson had a solo shot.

    "It was good, no doubt, but we didn't do much after that," Robinson said.

    That's because Wolf settled down to pitch what he said was his best game of the season. He struck out five -- including Lopez three times -- and gave up only three more hits after the first.

    "Today was the first time in a while I felt really in control," Wolf said.

    Wolf was due to lead off the seventh and to face Montreal's 8-9-1 hitters in the bottom half. Instead, he was pulled on a double-switch, with Glanville going to center field and Rheal Cormier coming into pitch.

    Brian Schneider, the first batter Cormier faced, hit a shot to straightaway center that Glanville failed to catch while crashing into the wall. Schneider had a triple and scored on Peter Bergeron's single for a 4-all tie.

    The run stopped a 13-innning scoreless streak by the Phillies' bullpen.

    Philadelphia had gone ahead 4-3 in the fifth on Thome's second homer of the season.

    "The offense has finally clicked," Thome said. "It's good to get things going."

    Game notes


    Philadelphia RF Bobby Abreu lost a popup in the sun, then found it and stretched out his arm to make the catch. The top part of the ball stuck out of the very top of his glove. ... Rollins tripled with two outs in the fourth -- Philadelphia's first triple of the season. Rollins was stranded. ... Thome hit career homer No. 383 moving past Jim Rice and Frank Howard and into 45th place on the career list.

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