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Day allows one run in six innings

5/19/2004

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Few teams are playing as well right
now as -- guess who? -- the Montreal Expos.

Zach Day got his first win in more than three weeks and the
last-place Expos extended their winning streak to a season-high
four games Tuesday night with a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee
Brewers.

"We're starting to play some good baseball," said Brad
Wilkerson, who had one of three RBI singles for the Expos. "As
everyone knows, it's a lot more fun when you win."

Day (3-4) kicked off Montreal's six-game homestand in San Juan
by holding the Brewers to one run in six innings. It was the
seventh time in eight starts this season that he's allowed three
earned runs or fewer.

What the Expos had been missing was offense, but they got enough
this time. Wilkerson, Juan Rivera and Brian Schneider each hit an
RBI single off Doug Davis (3-3) to help the Expos win for the
seventh time in 11 games.

"Whenever you give up a run, you've got to have the mentality
that it's not the end of the world," Day said. "It's nice to know
that you can give up a run like I did tonight and your teammates
can come right out and get it back."

Rocky Biddle allowed one hit in the ninth inning to earn his
ninth save in 10 tries.

Although modest, this is Montreal's first four-game winning
streak since last September -- not bad for a team that could barely
string two hits together through most of April.

The victory followed a three-game sweep over Arizona, which got
a perfect game from Randy Johnson on Tuesday night to stay 1{ games
ahead of the Expos, who have the NL's worst record.

Despite that, things are surely looking up for Montreal.

The Expos got outfielder Carl Everett, out for 30 games with a
shoulder injury, back in the lineup. Also Tuesday, Nick Johnson --
who along with Everett was a major offseason signing -- began his
rehab assignment in Class A Broward County, Fla.

Last weekend, the Expos and Jose Vidro agreed to a long-term
contract, and Vidro said they were the team he wanted to be with
despite Montreal's instability.

The Expos are playing 22 home games in San Juan for the second
straight year and don't know where they'll call home next season.

The beginning of their second stint in Puerto Rico this season
wasn't met with huge fanfare. Only 8,387 came to 18,000-seat Hiram
Bithorn Stadium, not a whole lot better than the Expos draw in
Montreal, the home they're expected to leave after this season,
assuming major league baseball can find them a new owner and city.

Everett, who was injured diving head first into second base the
last time the Expos were in San Juan, went 1-for-3 and made a nice
catch in left field, going to the ground to make the grab and keep
Milwaukee from scoring with two on and two outs in the fifth.

Day threw 105 pitches and allowed eight hits. This was his first
win since April 25 against the Phillies. A groundball pitcher, Day
induced two double-play balls on the slow, artificial surface.

"He's a double-play pitcher, a ground-ball guy," Brewers
manager Ned Yost said. "With the slow infield and the way he was
throwing, it played out perfect for him."

Milwaukee's Lyle Overbay singled in the third to extend his
hitting streak to 18 games, but the Brewers left 11 men on base,
including two who Overbay couldn't bring home during two-out
at-bats in the fifth and seventh innings.

"This is a game where you're real successful if you get three
hits out of seven," Yost said. "It just shows you how tough this
game is to play, and you go from there."

Game notes
Expos manager Frank Robinson made a pregame decision to
move Everett from right to left field in hopes of protecting his
arm, which is still sore from the injury. ... Vidro went 0-for-4
and is 0-for-8 since agreeing to a four-year contract extension
late last Friday. ... RHP Mike Adams made his major league debut
for the Brewers, throwing a hitless inning. Adams traveled from
Rochester, N.Y., to San Juan on Monday after getting called up from
the minors. ... Montreal got outscored 17-0 by Florida last month
in its three previous games in Puerto Rico.