Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Montreal won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, June 18
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Montreal7
Game 2: Saturday, June 19
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Montreal17
Game 3: Sunday, June 20
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Montreal4

White Sox 2

(35-30, 15-18 away)

Expos 4

(22-45, 11-21 home)

    1:05 PM ET, June 20, 2004

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    W: C. Cordero (2-1)

    L: J. Garland (5-4)

    Cabrera homers off Garland in ninth

    MONTREAL (AP) -- Orlando Cabrera gave the Montreal Expos a rare reason to celebrate around home plate.

    Cabrera hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth inning, giving Montreal a 4-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

    Cabrera connected off Jon Garland (5-4) for his fourth homer of the season -- his first since May 2 -- after Jose Vidro's one-out double.

    It was the Expos' first game-winning homer since last Aug. 16 when Brad Wilkerson hit a grand slam off San Francisco's Todd Worrell for a 4-2 win over the Giants.

    "We haven't done that all year so it was a good feeling," Cabrera said.

    Garland, who retired the first 16 batters he faced, pitched his second career complete game and first of the season.

    "I told them before to keep me out there," Garland said about going back out to pitch the ninth in a 2-2 game. "I'm not worried about my stats. I'm worried about the guys on the team and their arms."

    The game was played in just 1 hour, 54 minutes. The Expos' previous shortest game of the season was a 2:10, 3-0 loss to Florida on April 13 in Puerto Rico.

    Vidro hit a two-run single in the sixth to put Montreal up 2-1, the Expos' only hit through the first eight innings.

    "That's the best I've seen Garland throw all year," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He doesn't deserve the result."

    Montreal, which had a season-high 18 hits and 17 runs one night earlier, won its second in a row following a seven-game losing streak. The two teams combined for 33 hits Saturday in the Expos' 17-14 win.

    Garland singled in the eighth off Zach Day for his first career hit. Jose Valentin had three hits for Chicago, including a tying solo shot in the seventh for his 12th homer. The White Sox, who open a four-game series Monday against Cleveland, completed a 2-4 trip.

    "It was an ugly road trip," Guillen said. "It's a lot of up and down. One day you score a lot, then you need run support and you don't have any."

    Chad Cordero (2-1) pitched a perfect ninth after picking up his second save in three opportunities the night before.

    "I'm used to this now so I know what to do to be able to pitch back-to-back days," said Cordero, who recently replaced former White Sox right-hander Rocky Biddle as Montreal's closer.

    Day followed up his worst outing of the season with a strong performance, allowing eight hits and two runs -- one earned -- in eight innings.

    "Day gave us what we needed against Garland," Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "He certainly gave the bullpen a break."

    Garland was perfect until he walked Endy Chavez with one out in the sixth.

    "He didn't look like he was throwing that hard, but I think he was mixing his pitches really well," said Cabrera, who was hitless in his first three at-bats. "You couldn't pick up his breaking pitch until you were swinging. And his sinker, at 90-91 (mph) was effective."

    Chavez advanced on Zach Day's sacrifice before Garland walked Wilkerson and pinch-hitter Terrmel Sledge to load the bases.

    Vidro then hit a two-run single to put Montreal up 2-1 and break up Garland's no-hit bid as Wilkerson slid home safely with the go-ahead run ahead of center fielder Aaron Rowand's throw to the plate.

    "The guy was in control for five innings then gave up some walks," Vidro said. "Finally, we got a pitch to hit. It was a big-time hit and it gave us the momentum."

    Expos first baseman Nick Johnson was in the right place to complete a crisp unassisted double play to end the sixth. Johnson jumped to catch Carlos Lee's check-swing soft liner and landed on first just before Frank Thomas returned to the base.

    Chicago opened the scoring in the second as Valentin scored on a double play grounder. Valentin and Rowand hit leadoff singles, with Valentin advancing to third on Vidro's error as he tried to scoop Rowand's bunt attempt to first.

    Game notes


    Garland threw 70 of 110 pitches for strikes, and 72 of Day's 107 pitches were strikes. ... The White Sox recalled RHP Jon Rauch earlier in the day. Rauch arrived during the game and threw in the bullpen in the eighth inning. ... The Expos turned three double plays in the game. ... Montreal recalled RHP Shawn Hill from Double-A Harrisburg following the game. RHP Jeremy Fikac, Saturday's winner, was optioned to Triple-A Edmonton. ... Expos LF Carl Everett didn't start because of a strained left hamstring. Everett, who has been on the disabled list twice this season, is day to day.

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