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Vazquez allows four hits over seven innings

9/15/2002

MONTREAL (AP) -- On a day the Montreal Expos remembered their
past, they also glimpsed the future.

Rookies Matt Cepicky, Jamie Carroll and Endy Chavez combined to
drive in eight runs as the Expos beat the New York Mets 10-1 on Sunday.

Former Expos Tim Wallach, Charlie Lea and Dennis Martinez threw
out the first pitches and the Expos wore their 1980's home uniforms
with the distinctive red, white and blue cap.

Cepicky hit a grand slam, Carroll hit a two-run homer and Chavez
also drove in two runs, which provided Javier Vazquez (10-13) more
than enough offense.

"I'm just so proud of the young guys,'' Expos manager Frank
Robinson said. "It's just unbelievable what they've done. They've
brought a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of life into this ballclub,
plus they're contributing to this ballclub's success. They're doing
a great job. I couldn't ask for any more from those guys.''

Cepicky drove a 1-0 pitch from Pedro Astacio (12-10) over the
wall in right-center with two outs in the first for his third homer
of the season.

"I just wanted to make sure I hit every bag and touched home
plate -- that's about it,'' the 24-year-old rookie said.

Orlando Cabrera hit his sixth of the season, a two-run shot off
Astacio in the third, and Carroll added his first major league
homer off Tyler Walker in the fourth as Montreal scored in each of
the first four innings to build a 10-0 lead.

"I was just looking for a ball up with a guy at third in that
situation,'' Carroll said. "There were less than two outs and he
kept it a little up and I got some wood on it and fortunately it
went out for me.''

Vazquez retired the first 10 batters before allowing Timo
Perez's one-out single in the fourth. He allowed four hits in seven
innings to win his second straight start after losing seven in a
row.

Cepicky also made a sensational diving catch for the first out
of the fourth to keep Vazquez perfect before Perez's hit. The
rookie left fielder sprinted back and leapt, catching Cedeno's
slicing drive with both feet well off the ground.

"That was an outstanding catch -- leaving his feet and catching
that ball that was past him already,'' Robinson said. "He's shown
that he can do it. He's very deceptive in the outfield. He doesn't
look like he runs very well, but he does and he makes great plays
out there and he makes good decisions.''

Jeromy Burnitz hit his 18th homer in the fifth and singled in
the seventh. Roger Cedeno also singled in the sixth as Vazquez
faced three over the minimum through seven.

Chavez hit a sacrifice fly in the second to put the Expos up 5-0
and Cabrera's two-run homer in the third increased the lead to
seven.

Astacio, who is 1-6 in his last seven starts, allowed nine runs
-- eight earned -- and five hits in 3 1-3 innings. He struck out four
and walked three.

"In the last month and a half I don't have the command like I
regularly had for the whole year,'' Astacio said. "I've been
struggling for a while, walked a lot of guys, got behind hitters
and then I had to come in over the plate and the guys hit the
pitches that they wanted to hit, and it's going to be really hard
to get guys out that way.''

Game notes
Astacio is 0-3 with a 16.54 ERA in three starts against
Montreal over the last two seasons. He has allowed 19 earned runs
in 10 1-3 innings over that span. ... Montreal won the final three
games of the series after losing Thursday's opener 8-2.