Phillies 3, Expos 2

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PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Brett Myers struck out 10 and came within one out of a shutout, and Bobby Abreu drove in two runs as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Montreal Expos 3-2 Sunday.

Pat Burrell hit an RBI double for Philadelphia, which took three of four from the Expos in the series. The Phillies have eight wins in their last 10 games.

Myers had allowed just five hits heading into the ninth, but Orlando Cabrera singled to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. Two outs later, Brad Wilkerson connected for his 11th home run to cut it to 3-2.

Jose Mesa came in to get the final out for his 19th save in 22 chances, sending the Expos to their 10th loss in 13 games.

Myers (10-6) walked none and improved to 5-0 in his last six starts. He retired 10 straight batters from the third to the sixth inning.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead in the first off Claudio Vargas (6-6) as Abreu lined an RBI single off the first base bag that caromed into short right field. Jim Thome, who reached on a two-out double, scored.

The Phillies made it 2-0 in the sixth on Burrell’s RBI double.

Vargas escaped further damage when he struck out Nick Punto with the bases loaded to end the inning.

In the seventh, Abreu blooped a ground-rule double down the left-field line against reliever Joey Eischen, scoring Marlon Byrd for a 3-0 lead. Tim Drew replaced Eischen and retired Tomas Perez on a bunt attempt with the bases loaded.

Vargas pitched 6 1-3 innings en route to his third consecutive loss. Heallowed two runs on six hits, striking out five and walking two.


Before the game, the Phillies honored players from their 1993 NL championship squad. … Myers’ only shutout was a three-hitter June 22 against the Boston Red Sox. … Expos 2B Jose Vidro extended his hitting streak to 13 games. … Myers has issued one walk in his last 33 1-3 innings. … Abreu is hitting .571 (8-for-14) on the current homestand. … The Phillies are 37-6 when scoring first and 22-5 when they score in the first inning. … Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins missed his third straight game with a strained hamstring. He is expected back in the lineup Monday when the Phillies host the New YorkMets.

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