Series: Game 3 of 3

Montreal won 3-0

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 6

(77-76, 32-46 away)

Marlins 5

(73-80, 44-34 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 19, 2002

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    W: B. Colon (20-7)

    L: G. Knotts (2-1)

    S: T. Drew (2)

    Colon wins 10 in both leagues in same season

    MIAMI (AP) -- With the number of starts running out, Montreal Expos right-hander Bartolo Colon secured an unconventional 20 wins.

    Bartolo Colon

    "I'm very happy about that,'' said Colon, who became the second pitcher to win 10 games in both leagues in a season as the Montreal Expos defeated the Florida Marlins 6-5 on Thursday night.

    "I wasn't thinking about (winning 10 in each league) until I won the fifth game here. I'm grateful the guys here helped me out tonight.''

    The victory extended Montreal's winning streak to six games and gave the Expos their first road series sweep since July 21-23, 2000, at Florida.

    Colon (10-3) joined Hank Borowy (New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs) in 1945 as the only pitchers to win 10 games in both leagues in the same season. Colon, who was 10-4 with Cleveland before being traded June 27, allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings to become a 20-game winner for the first time.

    Colon was lifted after five innings and was in the clubhouse when Vladimir Guerrero drove in the go-ahead run with a disputed infield hit in the sixth.

    "I hid in here and hoped for a run and jumped for joy,'' said Colon, whose previous career high was 18 wins in 1999.

    With runners on first and third and two outs in the sixth, Guerrero hit a slow chopper to third baseman Mike Lowell, whose throw appeared to be in time based on video replay. First-base umpire Angel Hernandez called Guerrero safe, allowing Jamey Carroll to score. Marlins manager Jeff Torborg argued unsuccessfully.

    "I thought he was going to call (first baseman Derrek Lee) off the base,'' Torborg said. "I was shocked. It disarmed me when he said, 'I saw he beat it.'''

    Marlins left fielder Kevin Millar doubled to right in the first inning to extend his career-high hitting streak to 25 games.

    The three-game series drew 15,089, including 5,148 for the finale. Bobblehead dolls were handed out before each game.

    Florida reliever Gary Knotts (2-1) allowed one run and two hits in one inning.

    Tim Drew pitched the ninth for his second save.

    "You pull for your teammates,'' said Drew, who recorded his first career save Wednesday. "Ten wins in both leagues is impressive -- I'm glad I was a part of it.''

    "This tastes pretty good,'' Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "We're playing better and pitching better and playing better defense. A combination like that helps you win games.''

    Marlins starter Josh Beckett struck out four and gave up two runs and six hits in three innings. The blister-prone Beckett, who was on a pitch count after three stints on the disabled list this season, threw 61 pitches.

    "I felt I executed a high number of pitches, but sometimes even good pitches get hit, too ... get beat like a prison cop,'' said Beckett, who added he felt fine. "That's the only good news to come out of it.''

    Eric Owens' fourth home run, a solo shot to left, tied the score at 5 in the fifth. Owens, whose homer followed Juan Encarnacion getting picked off first, was in the lineup after Preston Wilson was a late scratch because of a sore big toe.

    Montreal took the lead with three runs in the fifth off lefty reliever Nate Robertson. Orlando Cabrera's two-run single was the big hit in the inning.

    Colon threw 40 pitches in the second inning, when the Marlins scored three runs to take a 3-2 lead.

    Game notes

    Before the game, the Marlins announced Torborg will return to manage next season. "Once we get our guys healthy, our pitchers healthy, we can build a team that I feel very good about,'' Torborg said. ... With nine games remaining, Colon will get one more start and possibly two. ... Lowell went 0-for-4 to have his 16-game hitting streak snapped. ... Florida's Andy Fox had his 30th steal to give the Marlins a team record 169 stolen bases.

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