MIAMI (AP) -- With the number of starts running out, Montreal
Expos right-hander Bartolo Colon secured an unconventional 20 wins.
"I'm very happy about that,'' said Colon, who became the second
pitcher to win 10 games in both leagues in a season as the Montreal
Expos defeated the Florida Marlins 6-5 on Thursday night.
"I wasn't thinking about (winning 10 in each league) until I
won the fifth game here. I'm grateful the guys here helped me out
The victory extended Montreal's winning streak to six games and
gave the Expos their first road series sweep since July 21-23,
2000, at Florida.
Colon (10-3) joined Hank Borowy (New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs)
in 1945 as the only pitchers to win 10 games in both leagues in the
same season. Colon, who was 10-4 with Cleveland before being traded
June 27, allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings to become
a 20-game winner for the first time.
Colon was lifted after five innings and was in the clubhouse
when Vladimir Guerrero drove in the go-ahead run with a disputed
infield hit in the sixth.
"I hid in here and hoped for a run and jumped for joy,'' said
Colon, whose previous career high was 18 wins in 1999.
With runners on first and third and two outs in the sixth,
Guerrero hit a slow chopper to third baseman Mike Lowell, whose
throw appeared to be in time based on video replay. First-base
umpire Angel Hernandez called Guerrero safe, allowing Jamey Carroll
to score. Marlins manager Jeff Torborg argued unsuccessfully.
"I thought he was going to call (first baseman Derrek Lee) off
the base,'' Torborg said. "I was shocked. It disarmed me when he
said, 'I saw he beat it.'''
Marlins left fielder Kevin Millar doubled to right in the first
inning to extend his career-high hitting streak to 25 games.
The three-game series drew 15,089, including 5,148 for the
finale. Bobblehead dolls were handed out before each game.
Florida reliever Gary Knotts (2-1) allowed one run and two hits
in one inning.
Tim Drew pitched the ninth for his second save.
"You pull for your teammates,'' said Drew, who recorded his
first career save Wednesday. "Ten wins in both leagues is
impressive -- I'm glad I was a part of it.''
"This tastes pretty good,'' Expos manager Frank Robinson said.
"We're playing better and pitching better and playing better
defense. A combination like that helps you win games.''
Marlins starter Josh Beckett struck out four and gave up two
runs and six hits in three innings. The blister-prone Beckett, who
was on a pitch count after three stints on the disabled list this
season, threw 61 pitches.
"I felt I executed a high number of pitches, but sometimes even
good pitches get hit, too ... get beat like a prison cop,'' said
Beckett, who added he felt fine. "That's the only good news to
come out of it.''
Eric Owens' fourth home run, a solo shot to left, tied the score
at 5 in the fifth. Owens, whose homer followed Juan Encarnacion
getting picked off first, was in the lineup after Preston Wilson
was a late scratch because of a sore big toe.
Colon threw 40 pitches in the second inning, when the Marlins
scored three runs to take a 3-2 lead.
Before the game, the Marlins announced Torborg will return
to manage next season. "Once we get our guys healthy, our pitchers
healthy, we can build a team that I feel very good about,'' Torborg
said. ... With nine games remaining, Colon will get one more start
and possibly two. ... Lowell went 0-for-4 to have his 16-game
hitting streak snapped. ... Florida's Andy Fox had his 30th steal
to give the Marlins a team record 169 stolen bases.