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Gonzalez, Schneider hit back-to-back homers

HOUSTON (AP) -- Many of the Montreal Expos were excited to face
Roger Clemens. It was an even bigger thrill to beat him.

Alex Gonzalez and Brian Schneider hit back-to-back homers and
the Expos beat Clemens and the Houston Astros 5-2 on Sunday.

"Any time you get two doubles off a future Hall of Famer, it's
big," said Jamey Carroll, who had three hits against Clemens.
"He's one of the best pitchers of all time. The guy comes right
after you. He throws hard."

T.J. Tucker (2-1) allowed two hits and struck out three,
pitching two innings in relief for the win.

"It was unbelievable to pitch against him," Tucker said of
Clemens. "He was a boyhood idol. I used to watch him pitch when he
was in Toronto. I saw him once when he had his two young sons with
him when I was 12 years old and I wanted to say something to them
then, but I didn't.

"You never think this sort of thing will happen to you. I'll
remember this for the rest of my life."

Clemens (12-4) went seven innings and allowed three runs -- one
earned -- on eight hits. He struck out five and walked one, and had
his first career two-hit game.

"I felt good," Clemens said. "But it's disappointing to lose
to a team like Montreal. If you let them stick around like we did
today, they'll beat you."

The win was Montreal's fifth in its last eight games and gave
the Expos a 13-10 record since the All-Star break.

"We're hitting the ball better now," Schneider said. "Earlier
in the season, we got good pitching but didn't hit well. Now we're
putting them together."

Manager Frank Robinson has been impressed with his team's play
lately.

"It's amazing," Robinson said. "They're putting it all
together now. They're playing winning baseball. I can't say enough
about them. They're just playing nice and relaxed. They're
underdogs every day and they go out there like they don't
understand that."

It was equally amazing to the Astros, who have lost six of their
last 10.

"There is no question this hurts severely," manager Phil
Garner said. "Especially since we had them pitching out of their
bullpen and they didn't have a starter to go to. I'm at a loss. We
just never got anything going."

Houston fell to 11-12 since Garner took over after the All-Star
break.

"It's not pretty," Garner said. "We've got to go on a big
winning streak. We can't just win eight of 10. We've got to win 10
of 10."

The Astros next play the New York Mets, who were swept over the
weekend at St. Louis.

"They're probably glad to see us," catcher Brad Ausmus said.
"It's something different every day. You can't point your finger
at anyone. It's every facet of the game. We're not out of it by any
stretch, but we're going to have to play our rears off."

The game was tied at 1 in the seventh when the Expos rallied
against Clemens.

With one out, second baseman Mike Lamb allowed Schneider to
reach on an error and Jamey Carroll followed with a ground-rule
double. Jose Vidro, pinch-hitting for Tucker, followed with an RBI
single to give Montreal the lead and Endy Chavez singled in another
run one out later.

Gonzalez and Schneider homered in the eighth off Dan Miceli to
make it 5-1.

Expos closer Chad Cordero allowed an RBI single in the ninth to
Orlando Palmeiro, but got Raul Chavez to fly out to center with two
on to end it.

Sun-Woo Kim allowed three hits, including Morgan Ensberg's home
run, in four innings. He also hit Craig Biggio with a pitch leading
off the game to raise his team-leading total to 11.

Pinch-hitter Ron Calloway tied it at 1 with an RBI single in the
fifth.

Game notes
Kim started in place of Tony Armas, who had a cortisone
shot in his ailing right deltoid muscle last Thursday. Armas has
missed two starts and is day to day. ... Biggio was hit by a pitch
for the 14th time this season. He ranks second all-time and first
in the NL in career hit by pitches with 256.