Philadelphia (79-73) at Washington (64-89)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Fri Sep 24, 2004
  • TV: CSN
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All but out of the National League playoff picture, the Philadelphia Phillies will look to work on their best road finish in more than a decade as they open a three-game series with the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium.

This is the final road series of the season for the Phillies, who are seven games back in the wild-card race with 10 games to play.

The Phillies are 42-36 on the road this season, and can match their 1993 road finish of 45-36 with a sweep of the last-place Expos.

Philadelphia, which was 37-44 on the road last season, assured itself of a winning mark away from Citizens Bank Park with Wednesday’s 12-4 victory at Florida. The Phillies went on to sweep the defending World Series champions with a 9-8 win on Thursday after losing their previous 14 games in Florida.

The Phillies got homers from Jim Thome, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and David Bell in winning for the 11th time in 15 games overall.

Thome’s homer was his 42nd of the season, good for fourth in the NL.

Rollins, who finished 3-for-6, is batting .394 (13-for-33) during a six-game hitting streak with two doubles and four RBIs.

The Expos dropped the last two of their three-game set with the visiting New York Mets, capped by Thursday’s 4-2 setback. Montreal had won four of six before the Mets came to town.

Brad Wilkerson homered twice, tying Tony Batista for the team lead with 31. Montreal has two 30-home run hitters for the first time in franchise history.

Wilkerson finished 3-for-4 and is batting .360 (9-for-25) with four doubles, a triple and two homers over his last five games.

The Expos, three games behind the Mets for fourth place in the NL East, have been last in the division since April 15.

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