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Updated: Saturday, April 24, 2004 6:21 PM EDT
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PHILADELPHIA 7, MONTREAL 0
 

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Randy Wolf put on a show at Olympic Stadium, which is becoming a rarity.

Wolf tossed a four-hitter for his seventh career shutout, homered and doubled home a run, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-0 victory over the lowly Montreal Expos .

It was the 11th complete game in six major league seasons for Wolf, who threw only 109 pitches, walking one and striking out three. He allowed two singles in the first inning, one in the sixth and one in the seventh.

"He used all his pitches," Phillies catcher Todd Pratt said. "He probably threw more fastballs and kept the ball down. They were swinging aggressive and not getting a good piece of the ball."

That's been the story of the season for the Expos, who ended the day with a major league-worst .203 batting average. They have scored only 32 runs in 18 games, by far the lowest total in baseball.

"I've never seen a run like this," said Expos manager Frank Robinson , a former Triple Crown winner. "We go through ballgames where we don't hit the ball hard, and I'm not saying we only hit the ball hard once or twice.

"What I'm talking about is our outs are not hit hard and I haven't seen anything like that. We've had a lot of innings - 1-2-3, 1-2-3."

The Expos, who lost superstar right fielder Vladimir Guerrero to free agency in the offseason, were retired in order five times by Wolf.

"It seems like too many bats are cold right now and we need people on base," said shortstop Orlando Cabrera , who went 0-for-4 to lower his team-best average to .274. "We need to work the counts and try to get good at-bats."

The Phillies had plenty of them against Tomo Ohka (0-4), totaling 17 hits, three each by Marlon Byrd , Ricky Ledee and Pratt. Philadelphia started the day second-to-last in the National League with a .241 batting average.

"Guys are starting to find their rhythm," said Pratt, whose team is 5-0 against the Expos this season and 2-9 vs. the rest of the National League.

Jimmy Rollins and Byrd opened the scoring with RBI singles in the second, and a passed ball by Einar Diaz made it a three-run inning. Pratt added an RBI hit in the third for a 4-0 lead.

That was plenty for Wolf, especially against the Expos, who were blanked for the fifth time in 18 games this season and fell to a major league-low 4-14, continuing the worst start in franchise history.

"The way we're going, it just puts you back on your heels when you give up three or four runs in the first couple of innings," Robinson said. "It's a catch-up situation and I don't think we're a catch-up ballclub."

Ohka became the first four-game loser in the NL, allowing five runs and 13 hits with three walks and three strikeouts in six innings.

Ledee made it 5-0 with a run-scoring double in the sixth. Wolf got into the act with a solo homer in the seventh and RBI double in the ninth, but he got more satisfaction from his effort on the mound.

"That's what I'm paid to do, that's what I'm supposed to do," he said. "It's nice to get lucky at the plate once in a while, but it's nice to really pitch well."


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