Expos 3, Phillies 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Tim Laker’s solo homer snapped a 2-2 tie in the ninth and gave the Montreal Expos a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Laker’s home run, his third, came after Philadelphia’s Gregg Jefferies had tied the game with a solo shot in the eighth.
The Expos have won five of six, while the Phillies have lost 10 of their last 11.
The win went to reliever Tim Scott (1-0) who allowed only Jefferies’ homer in 1 2-3 innings. Mel Rojas worked the ninth for his 21st save.
Ricky Bottalico (3-3) surrendered Laker’s homer to take the loss.
Trailing 2-0, the Phillies strung together three straight singles in the seventh to score their first run and chase starter Gil Heredia, then tied the game in the eighth on Jefferies’ homer.
In the seventh, Charlie Hayes reached on a one-out single, moved to second on Andy Van Slyke’s single and came home on Lenny Webster’s single. Scott got the final two outs of the innings with runners on first and third.
Scott got the first two outs in the eighth before Jefferies lined a pitch over the right field wall for his seventh home run of the season.
Montreal wasted no time in assuming a 1-0 lead. Rondell White led off the game with a single up the middle, went to second on a bad pickoff attempt by Green, stole third and scored on David Segui’s single.
The Expos made it 2-0 in the seventh. Laker led off with a single, moved to second on Heredia’s sacrifice bunt and scored on White’s RBI double.
Notes: The Phillies are one of five or six teams interested in outfielder Vince Coleman, designated for assignment Friday by the Kansas City Royals. ... Hayes has played in every inning of all but one of the Phillies’ 100 games this season. ... Phillies farmhand Steve Beiser is out for the season with a broken right arm after being hit by a pitched ball twice while playing for Triple A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Saturday night. ... A mixup saw all of the Expos except for pitcher Pedro Martinez miss the team bus from the hotel to the stadium Sunday morning. Martinez was the only player on the bus at 11:15, when the driver asked what time he was supposed to leave. Martinez said 11:15, although departure time was set for 11:30, and the driver left.