Phillies 13, Expos 6

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MONTREAL (AP)—Mike Lieberthal had a great night at the plate and had plenty of company.

Lieberthal had three doubles and four RBIs, and Bobby Abreu hit a three-run homer as Philadelphia beat the Montreal Expos 13-6 Tuesday, stopping a four-game losing streak.

Placido Polanco had four hits, including his seventh homer.

Marlon Byrd, who batted leadoff for the first time this season, had three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run homer—the Phillies’ 16th hit—off Bryan Hebson in the ninth.

“It’s nice to get some guys with more than one hit or a couple of hits, confidence-wise, because we’ve been struggling lately trying to get runs up on the board,” Lieberthal said.

Brett Myers (9-6) won his fourth straight start, extending a winning streak that began with a three-hit shutout over Boston on June 22. Philadelphia had won 13 of 16 prior to its skid.

“We needed a game like that,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. “We’ve been struggling a bit.”

Lieberthal hit an RBI double in the third, and doubled again off Claudio Vargas (6-4) in the sixth.

After Abreu hit his 13th homer off Vargas in the seventh to break a 3-3 tie, Lieberthal added a three-run double against Scott Stewart to cap a five-run eighth. It was the first three-double game of his career.

Myers allowed four runs—three earned—and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings, holding Montreal to two hits and an unearned run through the first five innings. He left after Jose Macias’ one-out RBI double in the seventh.

“I didn’t make the pitches late that I made early,” Myers said. “I struggled with location and pitch selection late in the game. I think that hurt me.”

Vargas, who had won his three previous starts, allowed six runs and eight hits in seven innings. He had allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his previous 13 starts since his April 24 recall from Triple-A Edmonton.

“We got beat up tonight,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said. “There’s not much else you can say, really.”

Trailing 3-1, Montreal tied the game in the sixth with a pair of runs on RBI singles by Jose Vidro and Wil Cordero.

Byrd doubled to lead off the seventh and advanced on Polanco’s sacrifice. Jim Thome was walked intentionally and Abreu homered to restore the Phillies’ lead.

“I had already faced him three times in the game so I was looking for a good pitch and he threw it to me,” Abreu said.

Philadelphia added five runs in the eighth, beginning with four straight hits off T.J. Tucker, including consecutive RBI singles by pinch-hitter Jason Michaels and Byrd.

With Philadelphia leading 8-4, Polanco singled off Scott Stewart for his fourth hit, loading the bases. Stewart struck out Thome and Abreu, thenLieberthal doubled down the left-field line to make it 11-4.

Notes

Thome hit a sacrifice fly in the third for his 990th career RBI. … Vargas lost for the first time in six home starts. … Barrett has eight career triples. … Macias started in left field. CF Endy Chavez was a last-minute scratch because of tendinitis in his left elbow, and Brad Wilkerson moved fromleft to center.

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