PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies conga line of batters seemed endless. Every
hitter in the Philadelphia starting lineup reached base, as an offense that had been dormant for a week suddenly erupted in a 14-6 victory over Montreal before 39,444 fans.
The Phils had six-run and five-run innings, and it was all highlighted when
David Bell became the first player to ever hit for the cycle at Citizens
Bank Park. Chase Utley added some fireworks with a 428-foot upper deck, three-run home run. As a team, the Phillies scored 11 of their 14 runs with two outs, something that pleased Phils manager Larry Bowa, who had been wanting for his club to have one of those breakout games.
The Phils banged out 14 hits and improved to 39-35 with the victory, moving
within a half-game of first-place Florida.
Kevin Millwood earned the victory, going a shaky six innings in which he
gave up five runs, three homers and struck out a season-high nine. The
right-hander improved to 6-5 this season, but he couldn't have done it
without a huge helping of offense.
"The fact is, we came back from three runs down and that was big for us," Phils manager Larry Bowa said. "Millwood got hurt tonight on high fastballs. His velocity was there and was throwing a decent breaking ball. Every ball that was hit out was high. But Kevin got the win, and that's two in a row for him. It's a stepping stone. He just has to locate his fastball a little bit better, and he knows that."
The Phillies added to a big lead with a four-run sixth, with the big hit coming on Utley's pinch-hit homer into the upper deck, the first pinch-hit tater of his
Bell then made personal history in the seventh, when he crushed a 2-2 Rocky
Biddle pitch to deep center, scoring two more runs and giving the Phils a 14-5 lead.
The Phillies broke up a close game with a six-run fourth, with all the runs
coming with two outs. The big blow was a three-run homer by Bell, his ninth
this season, off a 2-2 pitch from Expos reliever TJ Tucker. But Bell's home
run wouldn't have been possible if wasn't for the clutch hitting of Pat
Burrell in the previous at-bat.
Chase Utley / 2B
Weight: 170 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
With the bases loaded and two out, Burrell battled Montreal starter Sunny
Kim. He fouled off the first two pitches to quickly fall behind 0-and-2. But
Burrell showed great poise in slapping Kim's 0-2 pitch through the middle
for a two-run single, turning a one-run deficit into a 4-3 Phillies lead.
Expos manager Frank Robinson opted to intentionally walk Phils slugger Jim
Thome to get to Burrell, who had previously homered off Kim to lead off the
"They're going to walk because of what Jim's done this year, for what he's done the last 10 years," Burrell said.
"Prior to this game, I haven't really swung the bat that well. But this was a total team effort. I'm happy for David for what he did, because he's one of the more underrated players today. It was good to see him shine. That was awesome."
Millwood wasn't greeted kindly by Montreal leadoff hitter Brad Wilkerson.
The Expos center fielder slammed a 2-2 Millwood pitch to left-center field
for a solo home run to begin the game. Millwood than ran into more trouble
in the second, when Terrmel Sledge slammed a two-run shot to right, off a
3-2 pitch, making it 3-0 Montreal.
Joseph Santoliquito is a contributing writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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