Series: Game 3 of 3

Montreal won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, June 22
Game 2: Wednesday, June 23
Game 3: Thursday, June 24

Phillies 2

(37-33, 19-17 away)

Expos 3

(24-46, 13-22 home)

    1:05 PM ET, June 24, 2004

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    W: T. Armas (1-2)

    L: E. Milton (9-2)

    S: C. Cordero (4)


    MONTREAL (AP) -- Tony Armas Jr. got his first win in over a year as the Montreal Expos survived a brush with Jim Thome's power, as well as his legs.

    Armas pitched six scoreless innings to win for the first time in 14 months and Tony Batista hit a two-run homer, leading Montreal over the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Thursday.

    Moments after Thome missed a tying homer on an RBI double high off the wall in right-field corner, left fielder Brad Wilkerson threw out the Phillies slugger -- the potential tying run -- on a close play at the plate to end the eighth.

    "That was a huge play by Wilky," Armas said. "That was a great throw. That was the game right there."

    Armas (1-2) had season-ending shoulder surgery in May 2003 and missed the first two months of this season while recovering from a strained right rotator cuff.

    "Armas was outstanding," Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "I thought he was in midseason form. He had all hit pitches working for him, he had good location, stayed in the strike zone and did a terrific job."

    Trailing 3-0, Philadelphia scored twice with one out in the eighth on Thome's RBI double off left-hander Joe Horgan and Jason Michaels' run-scoring single off Luis Ayala.

    With runners at first and third, Mike Lieberthal flied out to Wilkerson.

    Thome tagged up and slid inside as Wilkerson's one-hop throw tailed outside. Catcher Brian Schneider reached across and tagged Thome's foot before it reached the plate.

    "In that situation, we were tagging and you've got to be aggressive," Thome said. "He made a great throw."

    Armas gave up three hits, walked three and struck out seven. He won for the first time since April 10, 2003.

    Batista homered off Eric Milton (9-2) in the fourth to put Montreal up 2-0. Endy Chavez drove made it 3-0 with an RBI single in the seventh off Roberto Hernandez.

    The Expos, who ended a 4-5 homestand, have won four of five following a seven-game losing streak.

    Jimmy Rollins doubled off Armas to open the game and doubled again in the third. Armas left after throwing 115 pitches.

    "I felt good," Armas said. "I can't complain about my arm, so I'm happy for that."

    Rocky Biddle pitched a perfect seventh. Horgan walked David Bell and Bobby Abreu after getting the first out of the eighth.

    Thome came close to tying it when his drive into the right-field corner hit high up the wall, over Juan Rivera's leaping attempt.

    "Usually when he hits the ball in the air like that it doesn't seem to come down until it hits the seats," Robinson said. "I was certainly glad to see it hit the fence."

    Chad Cordero, who replaced Biddle as Montreal's closer earlier this month, pitched the ninth for his fourth save in five opportunities.

    "We brought it back late, but for seven innings we didn't do anything," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

    Milton's four-game winning streak ended. He allowed four hits and two runs in six innings.

    "I can't blame the offense," Milton said. "I gave up the homer and that cost us the game. That's the bottom line."

    Game notes

    Expos LF Carl Everett missed his fourth straight start because of a strained left hamstring. Everett, who is day-to-day, struck out as a pinch-hitter Wednesday. ... Phillies OF Ricky Ledee was placed on the 15-day disabled list after having hemorrhoid surgery. ... Montreal recalled left-hander Scott Downs from Triple-A Edmonton following the game. Downs will start Saturday in Toronto. Left-hander Chad Bentz was optioned to Edmonton.

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