Phils Ride a Bell-Cycle to Victory

David Bell became the first player since Gregg Jefferies in 1995 to hit for the cycle as the Phillies beat Montreal 14-6. The win also featured a decent outing from Kevin Millwood and homeruns from Pat Burrell and Chase Utley. The win started the Phillies' longest home stand of the season on the right foot and moved them to within 1/2 game of the Florida Marlins in the National League East.

Before Monday night, David Bell's last triple came two seasons ago when he was a member of the San Francisco Giants. His triple Monday night gave him the last piece of hitting for the cycle for the first time in his career as he helped lead the Phillies to a 14-6 win over the Montreal Expos.

While Bell gets credit for the first cycle in Citizens Bank Park, he wasn't the first one in his family to hit for the cycle. Bell's grandfather, Gus Bell hit for the cycle on June 4, 1951.

Brad Wilkerson got the Expos off to a fast start with a lead off homerun off Kevin Millwood to start the game. It looked like Millwood was in real trouble when Terrmel Sledge homered in the second and suddenly, the Expos were up 3-0. That's when the Phillies offense went to work.

The Phillies started their comeback in the bottom of the second inning when Pat Burrell led off with a solo homerun to left field. In the bottom of the fourth, the Phillies had runners on the corners with two outs when they put more runs on the board.

Bobby Abreu doubled and after Jim Thome was intentionally walked, Burrell singled to drive home two runs and give the Phillies a 4-3 lead. Bell followed with a three-run homerun and the Phillies pushed their lead to 7-3, giving Millwood a cushion to work with.

Millwood seemed strong and was rolling along until the sixth inning. Millwood started the inning by walking Jose Vidro and Tony Batista smashed a two-run homerun dropping the Phillies lead to 7-5. Millwood worked his way through the rest of the inning, but was lifted after six innings of work.

Apparently, the Phillies didn't feel too comfortable with just a two-run lead and set out to do something about it in the bottom of the sixth. After Abreu doubled to lead off the inning, the Expos again walked Thome intentionally and again, Pat Burrell singled to load the bases. A single from Bell and a sacrifice fly from Mike Lieberthal gave the Phillies a 9-5 lead, but they weren't done. After Jason Michaels struck out, Chase Utley pinch-hit for Millwood and blasted a shot into the mid-section of the second level in right field to put the Phillies up 12-5.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Phillies had two runners on with two outs as Bell again came to the plate. Bell launched a high fly ball toward "the angle" in center field. The ball hit off the railing at the top of the fence and bounded away from Wilkerson, scoring two runs and giving Bell a chance to make it to third completing his cycle.

Jose Vidro, who now has a 15 game hitting streak, homered off reliever Geoff Geary in the eighth inning, cutting the Phillies lead to 14-6.

The four-game series continues Tuesday night with Tony Armas, Jr (1-2, 6.17) goes against Eric Milton (9-2, 4.22).



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