PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- For the second straight game, the
flexed their muscles against the
' pitching staff.
each drove in three runs and
grabbed a share of the major league lead in victories as the Phillies pounded the Expos, 17-7.
After busting out for 14 runs in Monday's triumph, the Phillies took advantage of rookie
to reach a season high in this one. In an early 3-0 hole, Philadelphia closed the gap to one run before erupting for six runs in the third inning and ending Hill's major league debut.
"Our offense has been unbelievable the past couple of nights," Phillies manager
Abreu and Bell each homered and Rollins led a 17-hit attack with three, including a two-run double and RBI single. Bell, who hit for the cycle Monday, has homered in three straight games.
"Bottom line, we're going to hit," Rollins said. "You don't know how, you don't know when, you don't know who, but you know you're going to hit."
Milton (10-2) benefited from the offensive outburst, despite allowing seven runs and seven hits in five innings. The lefthander, who walked four and struck out one, became the first Phillies starter to begin the season with a 10-2 record since
"It's not the way I wanted to get it, but 10 wins...," Milton said. "You just try and look at what you did wrong and work on it."
Milton also contributed to the onslaught with a pair of RBI.
"If I can't do it on the mound, I have to try and do it some other way," Milton said.
Starting in place of Tony Armas Jr., who was a late scratch due to shoulder stiffness, Hill (0-1) struggled in his first big league appearance. The 23-year-old righthander yielded eight runs and seven hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings.
"I lost control of the fastball and I was not getting ahead of anybody," Hill said. "I just wasn't myself tonight."
The Expos rallied from an 8-3 deficit on back-to-back homers by
in the fifth. But the Montreal bullpen could not keep it close, allowing nine runs in 5 1/3 innings.
"We got back in the game, but it didn't last long," Expos manager
said. "Too many pitches out of the strike zone and too many mistake pitches."
and pinch hitter
also homered for the Phillies, who set a new club record for most in a month with 43.
Of Philadelphia's 17 runs, 11 came with two outs.
"That's winning baseball," Rollins said. "Anybody can hit when there's no pressure. But when you have two outs and they're finding ways to come back like they did tonight, you have to make sure that you concentrate and hope that you can put them away."