Series: Game 1 of 3

Florida leads 1-0 (as of 9/24)

Game 1: Tuesday, September 24
Florida 9Final
Montreal 6
Game 2: Wednesday, September 25
Florida 10Final
Montreal 2
Game 3: Thursday, September 26
Florida 3Final
Montreal 4

Marlins 9

(76-81, 32-47 away)

Expos 6

(79-78, 45-31 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 24, 2002

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    FLA 013000302 9 - -
    MON 010110210 6 - -

    W: C. Pavano (6-10)

    L: B. Reames (1-4)

    S: B. Looper (12)

    Encarnacion, Lowell drive in all of Marlins' runs

    MONTREAL (AP) -- Juan Encarnacion didn't mind falling short of hitting for the cycle.

    Mike Lowell

    Juan Encarnacion

    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 season.

    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.

    Game notes

    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.

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