Lee went 4-for-6 with four RBI to lead the White Sox to an 11-7
victory over Montreal on Friday night, extending the Expos' losing
streak to seven.
Lee, who fell a triple short of the cycle, drove in the go-ahead
run in the eighth with an RBI single off Luis Ayala (0-6) that made
Chicago added three more runs in the inning, reaching double
digits in runs for a major league-leading 13th time.
"We've been doing this for a while now," Lee said. "We've got
the type of lineup that we've got the guys who are capable of doing
this pretty often."
Montreal scored a season-high five runs in the first after
falling behind 3-0 in the top half. The Expos' previous season high
for runs in an inning was four, which it managed just twice.
"I really liked what the offense did tonight, especially the
first inning," Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "Each time we
went ahead, they came back and tied it up but the offense looks
like it's coming to life a bit now. What we have to do is put all
the components together to win a ballgame."
Neal Cotts (1-3) pitched a perfect seventh and doubled in his
first major league plate appearance before James Burke was thrown
out at the plate to end the eighth.
"I wasn't thinking a whole lot," said Cotts, who thinks he'll
give the ball he hit to his father. "I was just trying to see
something in the strike zone to swing at."
Jose Valentin doubled in the first and hit RBI triples in the
fourth and eighth. He also had two triples in the same game on
Sept. 29, 1999.
Burke, who drove in two runs, tied a career high with three
Needing a triple for the cycle, Lee was struck out by Rocky
Biddle in the sixth before breaking a 7-7 tie with a run-scoring
single to start the four-run outburst in the eighth. He struck out
in his last at-bat in the ninth.
"I knew about (the cycle) in my last at-bat, the guys were
telling me about it on the bench," Lee said. "I want to go out
there and have good at-bats and whatever happens, happens."
Juan Uribe reached on a two-base error in the eighth when left
fielder Carl Everett dropped his drive off Ayala, the sixth Expos
pitcher after manager Frank Robinson chose to use his bullpen to
make it through the game.
Lee's single made it 8-7 and Valentin gave Chicago a two-run
lead with his second run-scoring triple. Valentin scored on Paul
Konerko's RBI grounder to increase the lead to 10-7.
Trailing 3-0 in the first, the struggling Expos mounted their
biggest offensive outburst of the season in the bottom half to take
a 5-3 lead.
Carl Everett hit a two-run double to draw Montreal to within
3-2. Everett was thrown out at third as the Expos tied it on Juan
Rivera's RBI grounder to short. Nick Johnson hit an RBI double and
advanced to third on the throw home before scoring on Tony
Batista's sacrifice fly.
Mark Buehrle, who has won his last six decisions, allowed 10
hits and seven runs in six innings. He entered with an average run
support of 9.29 per game -- best in the majors.
"He kept me in the game and gave us the innings that we
wanted," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Obviously, we
would like to see a better result, but that's part of the game.
This kid has thrown well all year long."
Lee has no triples this season, and had just one last
season, on Aug. 10 against Oakland. He has 10 in his career. ...
The Expos are 2-8 against the AL this season.