MONTREAL (Ticker) --
pitched 6 1/3 solid innings and
hit his major league-leading 24th homer as the
hit three solo home runs en route to a 5-2 victory over the
Millwood (5-5) won for the first time in eight starts dating to May 11 and pitched into the seventh inning for the sixth time in 15 starts. In his third win in as many starts vs. the Expos this season, Millwood allowed two runs and five hits, tied a season high with seven strikeouts and walked three.
"Millwood pitched a good game," Philadelphia manager
said. "We needed that. He did a great job. I thought he had better command although when he missed, he missed up a lot. He had a good fastball, good breaking ball tonight."
Before improving to 14-5 lifetime against the Expos, Millwood had been 0-3 with a 6.52 ERA since his last victory.
"I couldn't remember the last time I had a win," Millwood said. "Hopefully this will jump start some good starts for me and maybe we can roll off a whole bunch (of wins) in a row. It was a very frustrating stretch for me, especially when you're in a middle of a race."
"Millwood's huge for us," Bowa added. "Millwood's just got to pitch the way we think he can pitch, which is a good example tonight. We need that."
The Phillies faced an early 1-0 deficit but Thome tied the game by leading off the second with his fourth homer in as many games and 12th in his last 20 games.
Thome, who has not been an All-Star since 1999, has 71 home runs over the last two seasons, the most among all major leaguers. He also is looking forward to the possibility of being selected to the All-Star Game.
"It's always been an honor to go," Thome said. "Whoever goes, I know you're always looking at each position and there's always deserving players. If chosen, it would be a great honor because you're talking about the best players in the world and to be a part of that would be awesome."
"It seems like he hits one every game," Phillies catcher
added. "It seems like that the whole year, especially lately. Who knows? He may hit 70."
's RBI double in the fourth put Philadelphia ahead, Lieberthal and
added solo shots. It marked the 31st time this season the Phillies had at least two home runs in a game and gave them 27 in their last 15 games and 92 since April 15.
Lieberthal made it 3-1 with one out in the fourth. Following Lieberthal's eighth of the season, Bell pushed the lead to 4-1 in the sixth with his seventh.
Three batters later,
chased Montreal starter Sun-Woo Kim (3-3) with an RBI single.
After Millwood allowed
's RBI single in the first, he allowed just four hits the rest of the way. He gave up
's leadoff home run in the sixth but protected the 5-2 lead.
Millwood's night ended after he walked pinch hitter
, putting runners at first and second.
came on and retired
worked around a hit in the eighth and
struck out two in the ninth for his 10th save in 12 opportunities.
Kim (3-3) was tagged for five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings and encouraged manager
with his performance.
"Kim did a lot of good things out there today," Robinson said. "He just got the ball up and they took advantage of it. When he got the ball down where he wanted to throw it, he was good. So that was some progress made out there."
The Expos failed to tie a season high with their fourth straight win. They have lost eight of their last 11 and six of eight vs. the Phillies this season.