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Phillies 4, Expos 3

September 20, 1998

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Kevin Sefcik hit an RBI single in the eighth inning as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Montreal Expos 4-3 on Saturday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Curt Schilling (15-14) allowed five hits, struck out nine and walked two in his major league-leading 15th complete game. He struck out the side in the ninth to increase his strikeout total to 293, the best in the NL.

Mike Maddux (3-4) retired the first two batters in the eighth, before walking Bobby Abreu. Abreu stole second, and just beat right fielder Vladmir Guerrero’s throw to the plate on Sefcik’s winning hit.

The Phillies tied it at 3 in the seventh off Maddux. Desi Relaford led off with a double, moved to third on Schilling’s sacrifice and scored on Marlon Anderson’s sacrifice fly.

Montreal took a 1-0 lead in the first on Derrick May’s RBI single, but the Phillies scored two runs in the second. Scott Rolen led off with a double and Abreu followed with his 16th home run. He has four homers in seven games.

May homered in the sixth to make it 3-2.

Notes: Schilling needs seven strikeouts to become the first pitcher with consecutive 300 strikeout seasons since J.R. Richard of Houston in 1978-1979. ... Rolen’s double was his 44th of the season, tying the club record for third basemen set by Pinkey Whitney in 1939. ... Wendell McGee Jr., a left fielder who was recalled from Scranton-Wilkes-Barre three weeks ago, has been experiencing discomfort in his right thumb and will undergo surgery after the season. ``An examination revealed a tear of a ligament in the thumb,″ team physician Jay Marone said. ``It’s something he’s had for a few weeks, but never mentioned to anyone.″

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