PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies tied a franchise record last night with their 13th straight victory, beating the Montreal Expos, 2-1, on Lenny Dykstra's tie-breaking single in the seventh inning.
The Phillies matched their mark of 13 consecutive victories, set in 1977. Philadelphia will try to break the record tonight in Pittsburgh.
Philadelphia swept the four-game series with the Expos and has defeated Montreal 10 straight times and 21 times in their last 25 games. The Expos have lost 14 of their last 16 games.
Philadelphia has won 12 straight at home, four short of the team record of 16, also set in 1977 when the Phillies won the NL East. They concluded their homestand with a 7-0 record, their first unbeaten homestand since going 6-0 in 1981.
Dickie Thon singled with one out in the bottom of the seventh off Dennis Martinez (1-7) and went to second as Terry Mulholland, who twice failed to bunt, grounded out to short. Dykstra then lined a 1-2 pitch to right field, scoring Thon to break a 1-1 tie.
Mulholland (11-10) allowed six hits, struck out four and walked two for his fourth complete game of the season. Martinez lost despite allowing only five hits. He struck out five and walked four in his seventh complete game, tying him with Atlanta's Tom Glavine for the National League lead.
The Phillies opened the scoring with an unearned run in the first inning. With one out, Darren Daulton reached when Martinez misplayed first baseman Andres Galarraga's throw on his grounder. After Wes Chamberlain struck out, Daulton stole second, went to third on catcher Gilberto Reyes' wild throw and scored on Dale Murphy's single.
The Expos tied the score in the top of the sixth. Spike Owen led off with a single and went to third on Ivan Calderon's single. Tim Wallach struck out, but Larry Walker extended his hitting streak to nine games with an RBI single. Mulholland escaped further damage by getting Galarraga to ground into a double play.