The Montreal Expos have won four straight games just once this season.
They’ll look to match that mark when they meet the Philadelphia Phillies in the middle game of their series at Olympic Stadium.
The Expos, who won four straight from May 14-18, topped the Phillies 5-2 in Tuesday’s series opener. Before their recent three-game streak, they had lost seven straight.
“We had some big hits all night and Livo pitched a great game,” said Wilkerson, who fell a triple short of the cycle.
Wilkerson, who hit for the cycle against Pittsburgh last June 24, hit Montreal’s first leadoff homer of the season. He also singled in the third, doubled in the fifth, walked in the sixth and flied out to center to end the eighth.
“Well, you’ve got it in the back of your mind, don’t get me wrong, I knew I needed a triple but you know, you just let it happen,” Wilkerson said. “You go up there and try to hit the ball hard and if it happens, it happens.”
As the Expos try to extend their streak, manager Frank Robinson hopes to finally get a strong outing from Claudio Vargas, who has allowed 17 runs in his last 19 innings.
The 26-year-old right-hander lasted just one inning in his most recent start, giving up three runs and three hits, but he did not get a decision in the Expos’ 11-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday.
“I don’t know what is with the kid. He just doesn’t seem like he is in focus,” Robinson said. “He doesn’t seem like he has the fire in the stomach. I won’t say desire, but it just doesn’t seem like he is tune out there on the mound.”
The Phillies, who managed just four hits Tuesday, lost for the third time in five games. They fell one game behind first-place Florida in the NL East.
Philadelphia starter Kevin Millwood will now try to win for the first time in eight starts. The 29-year-old right-hander, who is 0-3 with a 6.52 ERA over his previous seven outings, has not won since May 11 at San Francisco.
He gave up three runs and seven hits over six innings Thursday, but did not get a decision in the Phillies’ 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers.