Final in 14

Series: Game 1 of 3

Montreal leads 1-0 (as of 9/17)

Game 1: Tuesday, September 17
Montreal 8Final
in 14
Florida 5
Game 2: Wednesday, September 18
Montreal 4Final
in 11
Florida 2
Game 3: Thursday, September 19
Montreal 6Final
Florida 5

Expos 8

(75-76, 30-46 away)

Marlins 5

(73-78, 44-32 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 17, 2002

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    W: S. Stewart (4-2)

    L: G. Lloyd (4-5)

    Few fans stick around for 4 hour, 39-minute game

    MIAMI (AP) --By the time the game was over, the players in the clubhouses nearly matched the total of fans in the stands.

    Jamey Carroll hit a tiebreaking single and Jose Vidro followed with a three-run homer in the 14th inning as the Montreal Expos beat the Florida Marlins 8-5 Tuesday night.

    "That's as big a win as we've had all year,'' Montreal manager Frank Robinson said.

    The announced crowd was 4,836, but there only about 100 people left in the stands when it ended at 11:47 p.m. The game took 4 hours, 39 minutes.

    "We stuck to it. We stayed the course.'' Carroll said.

    The victory, combined with Philadelphia's loss in Atlanta, gave Montreal sole possession of second place in the NL East. The Expos also moved within one game of .500.

    Kevin Millar extended his hitting streak to 23 games with a first-inning single for the Marlins. Florida thought it had the game won in the 10th inning, when he hit a long fly to left that was barely foul.

    "I had a 3-0 count, nothing else on my mind but get one you can hook out of here. "As soon as I hit it, I thought it was fair. It started off fair, but hooked foul at the last second.''

    Brian Schneider led off the Expos 14th with a double for his fourth hit. He advanced to third on Michael Barrett's sacrifice and after a walk to Endy Chavez, Graeme Lloyd (4-5) was replaced by Toby Borland.

    Carroll singled through a drawn-in infield and Vidro hit his 19th homer.

    "We battled. It was a long game,'' Vidro said. "It was a total team effort, a total team win.''

    Scott Stewart (4-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the victory.

    The Marlins tied a team record by using eight pitchers.

    Montreal tied it at 4 with two runs in the eighth. Vladimir Guerrero doubled, Matt Cepicky hit an RBI single and Schneider doubled off A.J. Burnett.

    Florida starter Julian Tavarez gave up two runs and eight hits in six innings before being relieved by Burnett, who struck out five in 1 2-3 innings during his second career relief appearance.

    After being shut out for five innings by Expos starter Sun-Woo Kim, the Marlins scored four times in the sixth.

    Mike Lowell hit an RBI single with two outs to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. Kim, who earlier in the inning seemed to be having blister problem s, then was replaced by reliever Zach Day. Day immediately walked Derrek Lee, before giving up Preston Wilson's 23rd homer.

    Game notes

    Florida fell to 4-11 in extra-inning games, including 1-7 in its last eight. ... Orlando Cabrera was safe on 17th consecutive steal attempt, three shy of Tim Raines' team record set with Montreal in 1981. ... Marlins RHP Josh Beckett, activated from the disabled list Sept. 10, will be on a 60-70 pitch limit when he starts Thursday night's game. ... Former University of Miami football coach and current Florida Atlantic University coach Howard Schnellenberger attended the game.

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