Helton raises average to .397

Tuesday, August 29th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

PHILADELPHIA – Todd Helton probably wishes he took one more swing Monday night, even though he raised his average to .397.

Bobby Abreu hit his third homer in two games as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies, 3-2, despite three hits from Helton.

Helton went 3-for-4 to raise his average three points. He singled in the first inning, flied out in the third, and doubled in the fifth and eighth innings.

But with Colorado trailing by a run in the seventh, Helton took a called strike on Robert Person's 3-1 pitch as Mike Lieberthal threw out Juan Pierre at second to end the inning.

"I was looking for a fastball in so I could drive the ball, but it was a fastball away," Helton said.

Abreu, batting .389 (14-for-36) since moving to the leadoff spot nine games ago, gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the third with his 21st homer.