Phils Slide Continues With 5-3 Loss In Montreal

An important stretch of games against the Mets and Expos is off to a bad start as the Expos used a Brian Schneider homerun to beat the Phillies 5-3 Sunday, taking two-out-of-three in the weekend series at Olympic Stadium. The Phillies limp home to start a series against the New York Mets Tuesday night at Veterans Stadium.

Brian Schneider has not been doing much damage at the plate but what hitting he has done has come in timely fashion.

Schneider snapped a seventh inning tie with a three-run homer and Javier Vazquez (5-2) won for the fourth time in five decisions as Montreal posted a 5-3 win over the Phillies in the rubber game of their three-game series.

The left-handed hitting Schneider came into the game hitting just .234 with four homers and 10 RBI in 77 at bats but was batting .333 (8-for-24) from the seventh inning on. Among those eight late hits were a 10th inning home run that won a game on April 18th and an RBI infield single that was the difference in a game 11 days later.

On Sunday, Schneider snapped a 2-2 tie with a three-run shot to right field against Phillies reliever Dan Plesac. Schneider has three home runs in 13 at bats against left-handers this season.

Vazquez allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out eight, improving to 8-3 lifetime against the Phillies. Scott Stewart and Luis Ayala combined to get through the eighth, allowing one run on back-to-back doubles by Marlon Byrd and Placido Polanco. Rocky Biddle worked around a single in the ninth to notch his 14th save.

The Phillies scored two runs in the second on Jason Michaels first homerun of the season.

Phils starter Brett Myers (4-4) allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out five but was pulled in favor of Plesac with Schneider coming to the plate in the seventh.

The Phillies open a three-game series against the Mets Tuesday night at Veterans Stadium, with Randy Wolf (5-1, 3.13) going against Al Leiter (4-2, 4.62).

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