PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Robert Person's elbow injury sure didn't
affect his swing.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Robert Person acknowledges the crowd following his second home run.
Making his first start since April 29 after going on the
disabled list with tendinitis in his right elbow, the Philadelphia
Phillies pitcher drove in seven runs with a grand slam and a
three-run homer in an 18-3 rout of the Montreal Expos on Sunday. Person also pitched five innings for his first win of the
season. "I'm still coming back to earth,'' he said. "I'm glad I was in
that situation. I've left a lot of guys on base before.'' Pat Burrell hit a three-run homer and an RBI single in a 10-run
first inning for Philadelphia. Burrell finished with three hits and
five RBIs, Bobby Abreu had four RBIs, and Marlon Anderson had three
hits and three runs scored. The Phillies, swept in Montreal last weekend, took two of three
to win their fifth consecutive series at home. They are a major
league-worst 5-22 on the road, but 18-10 at Veterans Stadium. "I can't believe we scored 10 runs in the first inning first of
all,'' Burrell said. "But for Person to hit a grand slam and then
another homer, it's just unbelievable.'' Montreal has lost five of seven since sweeping Philadelphia. Person (1-3) allowed one unearned run and four hits in five
innings. He struck out five and walked four. Anderson led off the first with a double off Britt Reames (0-2).
After Scott Rolen popped out, Abreu walked and Burrell lined an 0-1
pitch into the left-field bullpen for his 15th homer. Jeremy Giambi and Travis Lee followed with walks, and Bruce Chen
replaced Reames after his first pitch to Tomas Perez was a ball.
Chen, a former Phillie, retired Perez but intentionally walked Todd
Pratt to load the bases for Person, a career .116 hitter and
0-for-10 this season before stepping to the plate. Person hit a 1-0 pitch deep into the seats in left-center for
his first slam, giving the Phillies a 7-0 lead. Abreu added a two-run single, and Burrell capped the inning with
a run-scoring single. It was the third time in franchise history
the Phillies scored 10 runs in one inning. They last did it against
the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 5, 1975. "We couldn't get anybody out. I'm amazed they only scored 10,''
Expos manager Frank Robinson said. Person made it 17-1 in the fifth with a three-run shot off
Masato Yoshii for his fourth career homer. He hit a 1-2 pitch into
the left-field seats, and jogged slowly around the bases. Person knew he wasn't going to stay in the game to pitch the
sixth, but manager Larry Bowa let him stay in to bat in the fifth. "Normally I have to ask or beg him to let me bat,'' Person
said. "He told me to hit this time.'' Person's next start will come in Detroit next week. Bowa already
told him he plans to use a designated hitter. But Person, who takes a lot of pride in his hitting, isn't going
to let his teammates forget about his performance anytime soon. "I think I'm going to send them a video of it this offseason,''
he said. Person's slam was the 13th by a Phillies pitcher. Jeff Juden had
the last one against Los Angeles on Aug. 25, 1995. Person's seven
RBIs are a team record for a pitcher. He is the sixth pitcher in
team history to hit two homers in one game. Randy Lerch was the
last to do it against Pittsburgh on Sept. 30, 1978. Person twice came out of the dugout for curtain calls as the
crowd of 19,223 gave him a standing ovation after each home run.
Before striking out with the bases loaded in the third, Person got
a shorter ovation after hitting a long foul off Yoshii. Reames, starting just his second game after 23 relief
appearances, got only one out. He allowed five runs, two hits and
three walks. Chen gave up nine runs and seven hits in 2 2/3
innings. Abreu had a two-run double, and Giambi added a two-run single in
The only other team to score 10 runs in an inning against
Montreal was the Cubs on Sept. 11, 1990. ... Shawn Estes was the
last pitcher to hit a slam against the Expos. He did it for San
Francisco on May 24, 2000. ... Person is 6-0 with a 1.88 ERA in
nine games against the Expos. ... The Phillies had 11 homers and
scored 37 runs in the series. The first 22 runs and 29 of the 37
came on homers. ... Despite going 0-for-8 in the series, Expos RF
Vladimir Guerrero is batting .373 (88-for-236) with 24 homers and
63 RBIs lifetime against the Phillies. ... Philadelphia's only
other victory this season by more than four runs was 8-2 against
San Francisco on April 30. ... Burrell's five RBIs tied a career
high. He's done it four times.