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

9/18/2002

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.