Series: Game 3 of 4

Montreal leads 2-1 (as of 9/14)

Game 1: Thursday, September 12
New York 8Final
Montreal 2
Game 2: Friday, September 13
New York 8Final
Montreal 11
Game 3: Saturday, September 14
New York 4Final
Montreal 5
Game 4: Sunday, September 15
New York 1Final
Montreal 10

Mets 4

(70-78, 37-40 away)

Expos 5


    7:05 PM ET, September 14, 2002

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    W: T. Armas (10-12)

    L: M. Bacsik Jr. (3-2)

    S: D. Smith (2)

    Expos hold off Mets' late surge

    MONTREAL (AP) -- Mike Piazza wasn't in the mood to celebrate his latest offensive accomplishment.

    Mike Piazza

    Michael Barrett and Endy Chavez hit two-run doubles in the sixth inning as the Montreal Expos overcame Piazza's two homers to beat the New York Mets 5-4 Saturday night.

    Piazza homered to start the sixth against Tony Armas Jr. (10-12). Piazza connected in the eighth off Zach Day to reach 30 home runs for the eighth straight season.

    He is the 11th player in major league history to have at least eight consecutive 30-homer seasons.

    "Well, it's kind of bittersweet tonight, obviously,'' Piazza said.

    With an enthusiastic crowd of 17,278 on hand after the Expos held an afternoon baseball clinic, Montreal scored four in the sixth to overcome a 2-1 deficit.

    Dan Smith got his second save despite giving up Ty Wigginton's solo home run in the ninth. Smith struck out Piazza with a runner on first to end the game.

    "That was outstanding,'' Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "It was beautiful to see that crowd out there. It was wonderful -- nice and noisy, loud, very supportive, and drowned the Mets fans out after a couple of innings. They stayed right there until the end rooting for us and cheering for us, and we had no louder cheer than when we got that last out.''

    Vladimir Guerrero drew his third straight walk off Mike Bacsik (3-2) to lead off the Expos sixth. Guerrero moved up on a groundout, then slid safely into third on Matt Cepicky's grounder when shortstop Rey Ordonez's throw got past third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo for an error.

    Barrett's 100th career double scored both runners to put the Expos up 3-2 as his soft liner fell just inside the foul line in short right field.

    "That was great,'' Barrett said. "When you're playing in front of two or three thousand people, a double like that doesn't really mean a whole lot. But when you're playing in front of a big crowd and the pressure's on you and you get a hit like that, it's nice to give back a little bit -- give them something for coming out, so it felt really good.''

    After Barrett advanced on Brad Wilkerson's groundout and pinch-hitter Troy O'Leary walked, Chavez sliced a drive over left fielder Roger Cedeno's head.

    "I knew when I hit the ball that I'd made very good contact,'' Chavez said. "That happened two days ago. I made the same contact and he caught it, so I thought maybe he had a chance again. I just waited for the ball to fall in.''

    Trailing 1-0, New York tied the game in the fifth on a close play at the plate on Cedeno's two-out RBI single to center. Ordonez made a headfirst dive to beat Barrett's tag.

    Armas allowed six hits and two runs in six innings. He improved to 2-0 in his last three starts following a five-game losing streak.

    Orlando Cabrera's RBI single in the first gave Montreal a 1-0 lead. Bacsik allowed four hits and three runs -- two earned -- in 5 1/3 innings.

    Game notes

    It was Piazza's fourth multihomer game of the season, and 31st of his career. ... Piazza has hit at least 30 homers in nine of his 10 full seasons in the majors. ... Guerrero drew his fourth walk of the game off reliever Scott Strickland in the seventh. ... The Expos will wear their 1980s uniforms -- including the team's distinctive red, white and blue caps -- for Sunday's series finale as part of Montreal's second "Turn Back the Clock'' promotion of the season.

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