Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 7/29)

Game 1: Monday, July 26
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Montreal19
Game 2: Tuesday, July 27
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Montreal2
Game 3: Wednesday, July 28
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Montreal7
Game 4: Thursday, July 29
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Montreal1

Mets 10

(49-52, 22-29 away)

Expos 1

(39-63, 23-29 home)

    1:05 PM ET, July 29, 2004

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    W: A. Leiter (7-3)

    L: R. Biddle (2-5)

    Valent gets MLB's fourth cycle this season

    MONTREAL (AP) -- Eric Valent got a rare start for the Mets and hit his way into New York's record books.

    Valent became the eighth player in Mets history to hit for the cycle, and Mike Cameron homered twice to lead New York to a 10-1 victory over the Montreal Expos on Thursday before a crowd of 20,042 -- the second-biggest at Olympic Stadium this season.

    Valent went 4-for-4 with a walk and drove in three runs and scored three times in becoming the fourth player in the majors this season to hit a single, double, triple and home run in a game. He joined Milwaukee's Chad Moeller, Pittsburgh's Daryle Ward and Philadelphia's David Bell in accomplishing the feat.

    "It's cool," Valent said. "It's tough to do. You need a lot of luck. It's a nice thing you can say when you're done playing."

    Valent played left field in place of Cliff Floyd, who got the day off. He singled following Cameron's two-run homer off Rocky Biddle in the second, and doubled after Cameron's solo shot put the Mets up 5-0 in the third.

    He tied his career high for hits with a two-run homer off a speaker against Sun-Woo Kim in the fifth. Valent's RBI triple in the seventh off Roy Corcoran completed the Mets' first cycle since John Olerud did it on Sept. 11, 1997 -- also against the Expos.

    "Eric Valent had a whale of a day," Mets manager Art Howe said. "He hit for the cycle, not too many people can say that they've done that."

    Al Leiter (7-3) allowed three hits and one run in six innings, improving to 6-1 in his last 10 starts. Leiter has a 2.18 ERA, and 1.00 in three starts against Montreal this season, allowing just two runs in 18 innings.

    Mike Piazza hit a two-run single in the second to cap a four-run outburst, and Richard Hidalgo hit his 17th homer in the eighth off Claudio Vargas as the Mets reached double digits in runs for the second time in the series.

    "What a good day for the Mets," Cameron said.

    Despite the loss, the Expos split the four-game series to finish a 5-2 homestand in front of the biggest crowd -- drawn by a discount tickets and hot dogs promotion -- since 30,112 attended the team's Montreal opener on April 23.

    Biddle (2-5), who began the season as the Expos' closer, allowed seven hits and five runs in three innings, his worst outing in four starts since moving into the rotation.

    "Disappointing -- that sums it up," Biddle said. "I was all over the place today, couldn't find my location at all. I think I was trying too hard to win the series. It backfired."

    During batting practice, Cameron shook hands with an Expos fan who heckled the Mets earlier in the series and bet him that he'd homer in the game. In his first at-bat, Cameron followed Ty Wigginton's leadoff single in the second with his third homer of the series to put the Mets up 2-0.

    As he returned to the dugout, Cameron pointed toward the fan, who was wearing an Expos cap.

    "He called Piazza a coward earlier," Cameron said. "Shows how much of a man he is."

    Leiter has the lowest ERA in the majors among pitchers with at least 10 starts. He has given up one run or fewer in five of his last six starts.

    Game notes


    Valent is the third player to hit for the cycle against Montreal, and the second this season. ... Mets 2B Jose Reyes didn't start, and is day-to-day after spraining his right ankle in Wednesday's 7-4 loss. ... Expos LF Brad Wilkerson didn't start because of tightness in his right hamstring. He pinch hit in the fifth and fouled out to Valent down the left-field line.

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