Final in 11

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/21)

Game 1: Friday, September 20
Montreal 6Final
New York 1
Game 2: Saturday, September 21
Montreal 3Final
in 11
New York 6
Game 3: Sunday, September 22
Montreal 5Final
New York 1

Expos 3

(78-77, 33-47 away)

Mets 6

(74-80, 37-39 home)

7:10 PM ET, September 21, 2002

Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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W: A. Benitez (1-0)

L: D. Smith (1-1)

Mets end Expos' seven-game winning streak

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Mets are excited about Esix Snead's rare speed. He showed them some surprising pop in his bat, too.

Snead hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning to give the Mets a 6-3 victory over Montreal on Saturday night, snapping the Expos' seven-game winning streak.

"It's pretty exhilarating,'' Snead said. "I'm pretty psyched. I was just hoping and praying that it would get out. Go, go, please get out.''

Known as a speedster without much power in the minors, Snead pumped his fist as he rounded first base and was mobbed by teammates at home plate. He made up for a costly baserunning mistake -- he was picked off first as a pinch-runner with the Mets trailing by one in the eighth.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Snead stole 432 bases and hit only eight homers in five minor league seasons before being called up from Double-A Binghamton on Sept. 2.

"Everyone was as excited as Esix was, too,'' New York manager Bobby Valentine said. "We got him this year because he had that tool -- speed, but he never really hit. We had him in spring training and he took to a hitting philosophy that seemed to work for him. He's a pretty good player.''

Snead got the ball back as a souvenir and plans to give it to his girlfriend, who was at the game.

"She was good luck, so she gets it,'' he said.

Mo Vaughn hit his 25th homer for the Mets, who tied it in the ninth on first baseman Andres Galarraga's two-out throwing error.

Joe McEwing was hit by a pitch in the 11th, and Roger Cedeno walked with two outs. Snead, who got his first career hit with a leadoff single in the 10th, drove an 0-1 pitch from Dan Smith (1-1) over the right-field fence to win it.

"I think I hung a breaking ball,'' Smith said. "To his good fortune he hit it in their bullpen so he can keep the ball. We really didn't have a whole lot on him. He'll remember it for his whole life and I'll remember it for my whole life, that's just the way it goes.''

Armando Benitez (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory. New York has won four of five.

Endy Chavez hit his first career home run for the Expos and went 4-for-5 with two runs scored.

Montreal's winning streak came one short of matching a season high. The Expos won eight in a row June 12-21.

Edgardo Alfonzo drew a leadoff walk in the ninth from Scott Stewart and stole second as pinch-hitter Ty Wigginton struck out.

Vance Wilson followed with a single to right off Tim Drew, but Alfonzo hesitated and was held at third rather than test Vladimir Guerrero's strong throwing arm.

One out later, pinch-hitter Brady Clark hit a slow roller to the right side. The 41-year-old Galarraga, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the ninth, backhanded the ball and had an easy toss to second to end it.

But the two-time Gold Glove winner threw high and into left field, allowing Alfonzo to score and tie it at 3.

"I was trying to not hit the runner and I threw it too high,'' Galarraga said. "It's kind of tough. You have to make a quick decision. The only problem with that play is that the runner is in the way.''

Chavez led off the game with a double and scored on Guerrero's groundout. Michael Barrett's sacrifice fly in the fifth made it 2-0.

Chavez connected off Pedro Astacio in the sixth. The International League batting champion at Triple-A Ottawa, Chavez has an 11-game hitting streak.

Astacio, New York's best pitcher for most of the season, is 1-6 with a 10.13 ERA in his last eight starts. He went seven innings, allowing three runs and four hits.

"It felt good. I haven't gone seven innings in like a month and a half,'' Astacio said. "It was good to give the team a chance to win.''

Astacio surpassed 185 innings pitched for the season, an important plateau in his contract. An incentive kicks in that guarantees him a $1 million bonus this year and a $6.5 million salary next year.

Vaughn homered into the second deck in right field in the sixth to put the Mets on the board. Wilson doubled and scored on McEwing's single to cut it to 3-2 in the seventh.

Montreal starter Javier Vazquez gave up two runs and eight hits in seven innings.

Game notes


Mike Piazza did not start for New York but flied out in the seventh as a pinch hitter. ... Expos RHP Masato Yoshii, sidelined by a torn labrum in his left shoulder, will miss the rest of the season. He is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday in Los Angeles. ... 2B Jose Vidro was not with the Expos because of personal reasons. The team hopes to have him back Sunday. ... Expos SS Orlando Cabrera was a late scratch from the starting lineup.

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