Abreu and Millwood Combine For 2-0 Win In Montreal

All season long, the Phillies have had trouble scoring runs in games immediately after they've put up a double-digit run total. That jinx continued Wednesday night, but this time, Kevin Millwood was on the mound and didn't need much help to pick up his tenth win of the season.

Kevin Millwood (10-6) tossed a three-hitter and Bobby Abreu accounted for all of the offense with a two-run blast as the Phillies shutout the Expos 2-0. The win gave the Phillies a meek two-game win streak.

Millwood collected his second shutout of the season – the first being a no-hitter against San Francisco – and the third of his career to pick up the win. Millwood allowed just three hits – all singles – while walking four and striking out six hitters. In his last two starts, Millwood has given up just four hits over 16 innings of work. Unfortunately, the Phillies have scored just two runs for him over that span.

"I felt good from the first inning on," Millwood said. "I felt focused and felt like I had a good game plan and just tried to carry it out," Said Millwood.

Millwood outdueled Tomo Ohka (7-9) who held the Phillies hitless through six innings before losing the no-hit bid and shutout in the seventh. Placido Polanco broke up the no-hit attempt by dribbling a slow roller down the third-base line for an infield single. Third baseman Edwards Guzman tried to make a backhanded pickup, but could not make the play. Abreu followed with his 14th homerun of the season to right-center field as the Phillies put up the only runs of the game for their 2-0 lead. The homerun was Abreu's first extra base hit off Ohka in 21 previous at bats. Abreu was hitting just .190 off Ohka with four career singles.

Through six innings, the only hit in the game was an infield single by Expos second baseman Jose Vidro to lead off the second inning. Millwood walked Wil Cordero and Michael Barrett to load the bases in the inning, but pitched out of the jam by getting Ohka to ground out.

The Expos have lost five of their last six games, all coming against the Phillies and Atlanta Braves. Meanwhile, the win gives the Phillies a two-game win streak after matching a season high four game losing skid through the first game of the series in Montreal.

The Phillies now start a four-game series at Shea Stadium with Vicente Padilla (7-8, 3.93) going against Steve Trachsel (8-5, 4.10).

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