Series: Game 1 of 3

Montreal leads 1-0 (as of 5/14)

Game 1: Friday, May 14
Game 2: Saturday, May 15
Game 3: Sunday, May 16

Expos 4


Diamondbacks 3

(14-21, 8-12 home)

    10:05 PM ET, May 14, 2004

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: C. Cordero (1-0)

    L: J. Valverde (0-1)

    S: R. Biddle (8)

    Cabrera drives in winning run

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Orlando Cabrera watched Jose Vidro stroll to first base after an intentional walk and felt the adrenaline rush through his body.

    "I was a little pumped up," Cabrera said. "It was a great challenge. When they walked Vidro, that's what I live for."

    Cabrera's ninth-inning single sent the Montreal Expos to a 4-3 win Friday night over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    Brian Schneider hit his fourth home run for the Expos, who snapped a four-game losing streak and announced more good news after the game.

    Vidro, their All-Star second baseman, agreed to a $30 million, four-year contract extension.

    "He wanted to be here," general manager Omar Minaya said. "This means we are able to hold onto one of our better assets. We're going to be able to have a nucleus of players here to build upon."

    Endy Chavez hit a two-out double in the ninth off Jose Valverde (0-1), and Vidro was walked intentionally.

    "It was a tough decision, but to me Jose Vidro has been doing it a long time," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "He's had a lot of really tough at-bats late in ballgames and come through with a lot of really big hits."

    Cabrera then capped an eight-pitch at-bat with a shot just under the glove of third baseman Chad Tracy, scoring Chavez for a 4-3 Montreal lead.

    "I fouled off some good pitches and when it got to 3-2 I knew I was going to get a fastball," Cabrera said.

    Chad Cordero (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. Rocky Biddle worked a hitless ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.

    It was Biddle's first appearance since giving up three straight hits in blowing his first save Tuesday in Milwaukee.

    "Rocky pitched a Rocky-like inning," manager Frank Robinson said. "It was good to get one under his belt after the inning he had."

    Steve Finley hit his major league-leading 12th home run for the Diamondbacks, who have lost three straight.

    Finley has 11 home runs in his last 61 at-bats after hitting just one in his first 80.

    Montreal starter Tomo Ohka retired 13 straight batters before Finley drove a 2-2 pitch a dozen rows into the right-field bleachers to tie it at 3 in the sixth. The home run was Finley's 75th at Bank One Ballpark and his 1,000th career RBI.

    "It doesn't really mean a whole lot when you lose the game," Finley said. "It's a nice milestone and something I'll enjoy later on but it would have been nicer had we won the game."

    The Diamondbacks opened a 2-0 lead in the first inning against Ohka on Shea Hillenbrand's sacrifice fly and Danny Bautista's run-scoring single. But Ohka retired Alex Cintron on a grounder to second, stranding two runners.

    "That's what we have focused on," Robinson said. "We can't let innings get out of hand. It takes us right out of the ballgame."

    Schneider tied it in the second with a two-out homer off starter Casey Fossum.

    Chavez beat out a grounder leading off the third, stole second and scored on Brad Wilkerson's single to give the Expos a 3-2 lead.

    Fossum, making his Arizona debut and first start since undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery Sept. 13, allowed three runs and five hits in five innings.

    He walked four, struck out four, hit a batter with a pitch and committed a balk. The left-hander was acquired from Boston last offseason in the Curt Schilling trade.

    "I got off to a great start but lost the feel for my breaking ball in the middle innings," Fossum said. "It's good to get the first one out of the way."

    Game notes

    Finley is tied with teammate Luis Gonzalez for the ballpark home run record. ... Schneider is tied for the team home run lead with Wilkerson and Vidro. ... To make room for Fossum, the Diamondbacks placed RHP Matt Mantei on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder. The move is retroactive to May 9. Mantei, who lost his closer's job May 5, is 0-3 with an 11.81 ERA and four saves in 12 appearances. ... Arizona reliever Stephen Randolph walked Valentino Pascucci in the sixth for his 17th walk in 18 2-3 innings pitched.

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