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Guerrero remains homer short of 40-40 season

9/26/2002

MONTREAL (AP) -- Derrek Lee and the Florida Marlins got an
unexpected boost.

Lee went 3-for-3 and Ramon Castro homered as Florida took
advantage of six Montreal errors to beat the Expos 10-2 Wednesday
night.

"They kind of fell apart defensively tonight,'' Lee said.

Montreal's Vladimir Guerrero went 0-for-2 with two walks to
remain one home run short of a 40 homer-40 steal season. Guerrero
grounded into a double play in the first and flew to center in the
seventh, swinging at the first pitch both times.

"We just didn't play baseball tonight in any phase of the
game,'' Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "He's an aggressive
hitter and he swings at the first thing he sees, not only in this
situation but all year long. There's nothing new about him swinging
at the first pitch.''

The errors tied a team record. Florida scored four times in the
sixth and took advantage of three errors in the eighth to add four
more runs.

"You have those days but you certainly don't like to have them
at home, especially in front of the hometown crowd, but there's
nothing you can do about it,'' Robinson said. "You just put it out
of your mind and come back out there tomorrow and play a good
ballgame.''

Lee's RBI single in the sixth chased Bartolo Colon (10-4) and
gave the Marlins a 2-1 lead.

Eric Owens and Andy Fox hit run-scoring singles off left-hander
Joey Eischen and pinch-hitter Brian Banks added an RBI grounder to
make it 5-1.

Florida's Kevin Millar walked in the sixth to reach safely for
the 40th consecutive game.

Montreal's Endy Chavez had three hits -- including an RBI double
in the fifth off Josh Beckett (6-7) -- to extend his hitting streak
to 14 games. Orlando Cabrera made it 5-2 with a run-scoring double
off Gary Knotts in the sixth.

Beckett allowed six hits and one run in five innings in his
final start of the season.

"It's been a frustrating year to go through all the ups and
downs,'' Beckett said. "It's nice to end on a win.''

Castro homered off Tim Drew to start the eighth and the Marlins
added three more unearned runs to increase their lead to seven as
Montreal committed three errors in the inning.

Colon allowed five hits and four runs in five innings after
getting his 20th win in his previous start to become just the
second pitcher in major league history to win at least 10 games in
each league in the same season.

Game notes
Former Expo Tim Raines was given a warm ovation from the
Olympic Stadium crowd of 7,416 when he pinch hit for Florida with
one out in the eighth. Raines singled for his 14th pinch hit of the
season, tying John Cangelosi's Marlins record set in 1998. ... Lee
reached safely in five plate appearances. He was hit by a pitch in
the seventh and drew a walk off T.J. Tucker in the ninth. ...
Tucker made two errors in the ninth.