MONTREAL (AP) -- Juan Encarnacion didn't mind falling short of
hitting for the cycle.
Encarnacion and Mike Lowell each homered twice and combined to
drive in all of Florida's runs as the Marlins beat the Montreal
Expos 9-6 Tuesday night.
Encarnacion, who tied a career high with five RBI, hit a
three-run homer off Britt Reames (1-4) in the third. He singled in
the fifth, tripled in the seventh and hit a two-run homer off Scott
Stewart in the ninth.
''You just try to hit the ball, and it's going to go where it
wants to go,'' Encarnacion said. ''I'd like to be the first Marlin
to hit for the cycle, but it's not something you can plan to do.
I'm not going to trade the homer for a double, no chance.''
Lowell hit a solo homer in the second to reach 20 homers for the
second time in three seasons and added a three-run drive in the
seventh off Dan Smith.
''Obviously, at 19 home runs I wanted to get to 20 because it
sounds so much better than 19,'' Lowell said. ''Besides that as a
team you never know, we could still do a little damage and maybe
come in second or third.''
Montreal's Vladimir Guerrero, who has 40 stolen bases, hit his
39th homer in the fifth off Carl Pavano (6-10), leaving him one
homer shy of joining Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez
as the only major leaguers with 40 homers and 40 steals in the same
season. New York's Alfonso Soriano is also one homer shy of a 40-40
Guerrero's homer was his NL-leading 200th hit of the season. He
walked in his final two plate appearances.
''He's got five games to hit one and I think he'll do it but I
don't want him to get impatient and stretch the strike zone,''
Robinson said. ''He's just going to have to be patient like he was
tonight and just pick out the good ones and have a good cut.''
Orlando Cabrera went 4-for-5 with two doubles, including an RBI
double in the seventh as the Expos scored twice to make it 7-5.
Jose Vidro's RBI double with one out in the eighth off Blaine
Neal drew Montreal within one. Guerrero drew his second straight
walk off Braden Looper, and, one out later, Cabrera hit a drive to
right that Encarnacion raced back to catch to end the threat.
Looper got five outs, retiring Jamie Carroll with two on for his
12th save in 15 chances.
Pavano, dealt to the Marlins by Montreal on July 11, allowed
three runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. It was his first Olympic
Stadium start since the trade.
Reames started in place of Tomo Ohka, whose appeal of a six-game
suspension imposed for hitting Andruw Jones was turned down
Tuesday. Reames, 1-3 in six starts this season, allowed four runs
and five hits in three innings.
Florida's Kevin Millar reached base for the 39th straight
game when he walked ahead of Lowell's second homer. Millar also
doubled in the ninth. ... Guerrero reached 200 hits for the second
time. He had 202 hits in 1998, falling two hits short of Al
Oliver's team record, set in 1982. ... Cabrera had two steals and
tied Tim Raines' Expos season record of 20 consecutive steals, set
in 1981. Cabrera has 24 this season.