PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- It appears the
are finally seeing the real
Bell's two-run homer snapped a fourth-inning tie and was one of four hit by the Phillies, who extended their winning streak to three games with a 6-3 triumph over the
also homered to help
record his first win of the season.
Bell signed as a free agent following the 2002 season but played just 85 games last year due to back and hip injuries and hit just .195 with four homers. But Phillies manager
, who was a coach with the
when Bell played for them, knew what he was capable of.
is a good player, I've seen him play," Bowa said. "He's a winner. He knows how to play the game."
The Expos rallied from an early three-run deficit and tied it, 3-3 in the top of the fourth before Bell put Philadelphia ahead with one swing.
After Burrell led off with a single, Bell sent a 2-2 pitch from Montreal starter
over the left-center field fence for his second homer of the year.
"Every at-bat is important," Bell said. "You never know which at-bat you're gonna have a chance to do something like that. So it's important to approach every one like it's a big at-bat."
Bell's blast was the third surrendered by Patterson (1-1), who went four innings. Polanco's solo shot and Burrell's two-run homer in the first staked Philadelphia to a 3-0 lead.
"I just feel like I wasn't aggressive enough with my pitches, and that hurt me," Patterson said.
singled in a run in the second and
slugged a two-run homer in the fourth.
"I've had pretty good success off of him," Millwood said of Schneider, who was 3-for-18 against him. "I threw what I thought was the right pitch, I just didn't execute it and left it over the middle of the plate."
Millwood (1-2) tossed seven innings, allowing three runs and seven hits while striking out seven. He has 12 wins vs. Montreal, his most against any team.
"It seems like it's been four years since I had a win," Millwood said. "To get that first one out of the way, hopefully it will kind of snowball into a lot more."
Montreal, which has not scored more than three runs in a game this season, dropped its sixth straight.
"We just haven't put it all together yet," Expos manager
said. "Hopefully, it will start tomorrow."