PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- More than four hours after driving in the first run of the game,
plated the one that counted most.
Batista's RBI single in the top of the 14th inning lifted the
to their fourth win in five games, a 6-5 triumph over the
In a game that lasted 4 hours, 21 minutes, Batista gave Montreal a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a run-scoring double that Phillies left fielder
lost in the lights. The Expos built a 5-2 cushion before Philadelphia rallied to tie it with two runs in the fifth and pinch hitter
's solo homer in the seventh.
"I didn't know whether it was going to go until it got up there," Howard said. "I knew I hit it pretty good in the gap, and I was hoping for it to go."
Montreal had several chances in extra innings as
led off the 10th and 13th innings, respectively, with triples, but the Phillies managed to escape unscathed.
"You don't have to remind me," Montreal manager
said. "No more triples, (next time) I'll tell them to stop at second."
But in his first career relief appearance,
(9-10) found himself in trouble after retiring the first two batters in the 14th.
"He told me he could give one inning," Philadelphia manager
said. "We're not going to start him until (we play at) Montreal."
After falling behind 0-2,
worked a walk and stole second before Batista smacked a 2-2 offering up the middle for his fourth hit of the game and a 6-5 Montreal advantage.
"Batista hits in big situations and drives in big runs," Robinson said. "We had some opportunities to cash in and didn't, but we had the will to hang in there and get a win."
The single made a winner of closer
(6-3), who allowed just one hit in three innings.
worked around a leadoff hit in the bottom of the 14th for his first career save.
"That was a great effort by the bullpen," Robinson said.
was tagged for five runs and seven hits in five innings for the Phillies, who have dropped four of their last five games.
After his RBI double in the first, Batista scored later in the inning on
's two-out single, giving the Expos a 2-0 bulge. They doubled the lead in the third when Sledge followed a triple by Batista with his 14th homer.
led off the fourth with a double and Sledge misplayed a fly ball to left field by
, Philadelphia halved the deficit on
's RBI groundout and a run-scoring single by
"It was like Wrigley Field out there," Sledge said. "The ball was dancing all around. I should have caught it though."
But the Expos made it 5-2 when Sledge lifted a sacrifice fly that scored Chavez in the fifth.
The Phillies opened the bottom of the inning with consecutive hits but scored twice on outs as A.J. Hinch came home on a groundout by
and Polanco delivered a sacrifice fly to plate