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06/02/2002 4:03 pm ET 
Person pops pair of homers
Philadelphia posts a 10-spot on Montreal in first
By Ken Mandel /

Robert Person (left) receives congratulations from Phillies teammate Todd Pratt after Person's grand slam in a 10-run first inning. (Chris Gardner/AP)
PHILADELPHIA -- Robert Person smacked two home runs and totaled seven RBIs in his first start since coming off the disabled list as the Phillies beat the Expos, 18-3, Sunday afternoon.

Person (1-3) hit a first-inning grand slam off former Phillie Bruce Chen -- as part of a 10-run first inning -- and hammered a Masato Yoshii offering in the fifth for a three-run shot. He left the game after throwing five innings of one-run baseball.

Person, out since April 29 with a strained right elbow, allowed three hits and four walks in his return, while striking out five. His slam was the pitcher's first hit of the season.

The Phillies battered Expos starter Britt Reames (0-2) for five runs in a third of an inning. Pat Burrell, batting cleanup for the second straight day, clubbed a three-run homer to left that scored Marlon Anderson and Bobby Abreu.

Reames, making his second start since replacing Chen in the rotation, left after walking Jeremy Giambi and Travis Lee, following Burrell's blast. Chen relieved and got Tomas Perez to pop out, then intentionally walked Todd Pratt to get to Person.

Big oops.

Person sent a 1-0 pitch over the left-field fence, about 390-feet away, for a 7-0 lead. The Phillies scored 10 runs in the first inning for the third time in team history, the last time coming Aug. 5 vs. the Cubs.

In the fifth, Person batted for the last time since he wasn't going to start the sixth inning. He got behind 0-2, fouled off two pitches, and muscled a 1-2 pitch deeper than his grand slam. He missed hitting a second grand slam by about 10 feet in the third inning before striking out.

Burrell also tied a career high with five RBIs from his three hits. Philadelphia rapped out 16 hits on the afternoon.

Chen allowed nine in 2 1/3 innings before giving way to Yoshii. With the loss, the Expos fell to 3-15 in their last 18 road games.

The Expos return to Montreal Monday to open a three-game set against the Pirates. After an off day Monday, the Phillies begin a three-game series against the Marlins Tuesday.

Ken Mandel covers the Phillies for and can be reached at This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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