Myers Needs Little Help In Beating Montreal 3-2

After news broke that the Phillies had acquired pitcher Mike Williams from the Pirates and given GM Ed Wade a contract extension, the Phils wrapped up their series with the Expos by picking up a 3-2 win behind rookie Brett Myers. The Phillies have now won eight of their last ten games, but stay 9 ½ games behind Atlanta, who came from behind to beat the Mets Sunday in Atlanta.

It seemed that Claudio Vargas (6-6) was going to make it through the first inning without any damage when Jim Thome looped a hit to right-center field. Thome alertly knew that the ball would take a high bounce off the Veterans Stadium turf and turned on the speed to stretch the hit into a double, putting him on second with two outs. Bobby Abreu then looped a hit and Thome raced around third with the first run of the game as the Phillies took a 1-0 lead.

Vargas settled down and was pitching well as was Phillies starter Brett Myers (10-6). Myers was looking to give the Phillies bullpen some needed rest after two extra inning games since the all-star break had taken their toll on the relievers. Myers would finish the day having pitched 8 2/3 innings and would be chased after Brad Wilkerson's two-run homerun in the ninth made it a 3-2 game. Jose Mesa came on and retired Edwards Guzman on a ground ball to end the game and record his 19th save of the season.

Abreu collected two hits on the afternoon and added another RBI for the Phils. Pat Burrell doubled with runners on first and second to drive in a run and finish the day 1-for-3. Burrell continues to show signs that he may slowly be climbing out of his season long slump at the plate.

Had Myers been able to finish the game, it would have been his second complete game of the season and the third of his career.

The Phillies now play a short two-game series against the Mets in Philadelphia. Brandon Duckworth (3-3, 4.76) goes against rookie Aaron Heilman (0-2, 7.17) in the series opener Monday night. The Mets come into Veterans Stadium having been swept by the Braves in Atlanta, including an 11-8 loss Sunday where the Mets blew an 8-3 lead.

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