Todd Zeile capped a seven-run seventh inning with an RBI single as the Montreal Expos overcame a huge defict en route to a wild 14-10 victory over the reeling Philadelphia Phillies.
In perhaps their most dramatic victory of the season, the Expos overcame an 8-0 deficit after 4 1/2 innings to pull within two games of struggling Philadelphia and Florida Marlins in the National League wild card race.
It was the Expos' biggest comeback since they rallied from an 11-2 deficit for a 14-13 win over San Francisco on May 16, 1997.
Before they secured their thrilling win, the Expos provided plenty of fireworks against the Phillies' bullpen in the seventh inning, when they sent 11 batters to the plate against four pitchers. Zeile, who was signed last week after being released by the New York Yankees, started the uprising with a single off Terry Adams and his base hit off ineffective Mike Williams snapped a 10-10 tie.
Williams (1-6) did most of the damage among the Phillies relievers, surrendering two-run doubles to Jose Vidro and Wil Cordero. He retired just one of five batters he faced and gave up three runs and three hits.
Cordero also added a two-run double in the eighth and Vidro knocked in three runs for the Expos, who have managed to stay in the race this season despite having 22 games moved from Montreal to Puerto Rico. Montreal established a season high for runs and has scored 26 runs in the first two games of the four-game series.
Joey Eischen (2-2) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win and Luis Ayala gave up a hit in two scoreless frames for his fourth save.
Ricky Ledee homered twice and knocked in four runs and Mike Lieberthal had a solo shot among his four hits for slumping Philadelphia, which fell to an abysmal 1-7 on a season-high 13-game road trip. The Phillies have lost 15 of their last 18 away from Veterans Stadium.
The Phillies have managed to keep at least a share of the wild card lead in the National League despite their struggles. The Pirates helped the Phillies by beating the Florida Marlins 4-2, keeping the Marlins and Phillies tied at the top of the wild card leaderboard.
The series continues Wednesday night with Brett Myers (12-7, 3.89) going for the Phillies and Tomo Ohka (8-10, 4.52) going for the Expos.