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Montreal wins fifth in a row

MONTREAL (AP) -- Tony Batista and the Montreal Expos have finally
got their bats going.

Batista had four hits and a career high six RBI to help the Expos extend their season-high winning streak to five with a 19-10 win over the New York Mets on Monday night.

"I feel lucky," said Batista, who is 5-for-9 with two homers
and nine RBI in his last two games. "I hope I can continue
driving in a lot of runs and keep winning."

Jose Vidro hit a three-run homer to spark a seven-run outburst
in the third. Brad Wilkerson had three hits, including two in
Montreal's second-biggest inning of the season, and Orlando Cabrera
doubled twice and had three RBI for Montreal, which also scored
four in the fourth to build a 12-4 lead.

The Expos, who also won four straight from May 14-18, hadn't won
five in a row since Aug. 24-28. The Expos' biggest win was a 21-9
victory in Colorado on April 28, 1996. It is the eighth time
Montreal has scored 19 runs in a game.

"I don't know how many runs we needed but we needed more than I
thought we would after we got at least 12," Expos manager Frank
Robinson said. "It wasn't pretty, but the thing about it is we got
a win."

Ron Calloway and Batista hit two-run homers. Montreal tied a
season high with 18 hits.

Mets rookie David Wright hit his first major league home run off
John Patterson in the second and Richard Hidalgo homered twice and
drove in three runs.

"It's good to get that first one under your belt and do
everything you can to help the team win, but when we lose like
that, the last couple of days, it's definitely tough, it's
bittersweet," Wright said.

Mike Cameron also connected off Patterson, who couldn't get
through the fifth inning, but still left with a 12-5 lead.

The teams combined for seven homers and 34 hits.

Mets infielder Todd Zeile pitched the eighth, allowing five runs
on Juan Rivera's RBI single, a run-scoring double by Chavez, and
Batista's three-run double. Zeile came on after five relievers --
including John Franco, who was ejected after hitting Nick Johnson
with a pitch -- followed Scott Erickson.

"The truth is we used a lot of pitchers -- we had Johnny thrown
out of the game in a situation that was uncalled for that made us
use another pitcher," Zeile said.

Luis Ayala (3-7) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for
the win.

Erickson (0-1) allowed seven hits and seven runs -- six earned --
in two-plus innings in his second start with New York.

Trailing 3-1, Wilkerson hit a leadoff double to get Montreal's
big inning under way.

Endy Chavez singled and Vidro, who returned to the lineup after
missing two games with a strained left hamstring, hit Erickson's
next pitch over the right-field wall for his 12th homer to put the
Expos ahead 4-3.

Batista walked and Johnson singled before Cabrera became the
sixth straight hitter to reach, chasing Erickson with an RBI double
which made it 5-3.

Wilkerson added a two-out single later in the inning off Dan
Wheeler to drive in two more runs and Brian Schneider scored a
third run on the play on Cameron's throwing error as Montreal
increased its lead to 8-3.

Chavez walked in his second plate appearance, loading the bases
before Vidro -- the 12th batter of the inning -- struck out swinging.

Cameron's solo homer in the fourth drew the Mets to within four
before Cabrera hit a two-run double and Calloway hit his first
homer in the bottom half, a two-run shot off Wheeler which made it
12-4.

Patterson allowed all four of New York's home runs and left
after allowing Ty Wigginton's double and Cameron's walk following
Hidalgo's second homer of the game with two out in the fifth.

He allowed eight hits and five runs in 4 2/3 innings.

After New York closed to within 12-8, Batista hit a two-run
homer off Franco in the seventh to increase Montreal's lead back to
six. Franco hit Johnson with his next pitch and was immediately
ejected by plate umpire Jim Wolf.

"He threw a two-seamer that ran in," Mets manager Art Howe
said. "If he's going to hit him, he's going to hit him a lot
better than that. Once again, those umpires, sometimes they don't
have a feel for what's going on.

"Our bullpen is spent and we're going to have a guy throw at
somebody in that situation, and have it turn out the way it had to
with Zeile pitching in the ninth inning? Clueless, sometimes.
Clueless!"

Game notes
Wright, called up Wednesday from Triple-A Norfolk, made his
fifth start at third base. ... Zeile also pitched a scoreless
inning for Colorado in a 16-3 loss to Los Angeles on Sept. 14,
2002. ... Jose Reyes hit a two-run single in the ninth for New
York. ... Patterson has made four of his seven starts this season
against the Mets. ... The Expos also had 18 hits on June 19 in
their previous biggest win of the season, a 17-14 victory over the
Chicago White Sox. ... The three-hour, 38-minute game was the
Expos' longest nine-inning game of the season.