Final in 10

Series: Game 1 of 3

Montreal leads 1-0 (as of 4/19)

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Game 2: Saturday, April 19
Game 3: Sunday, April 20

Reds 7

(5-12, 2-6 away)

Expos 8

(10-7, 5-3 home)

    1:05 PM ET, April 19, 2003

    Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

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    CIN 0002010310 7 12 2
    MON 0020400101 8 11 1

    W: L. Ayala (1-0)

    L: S. Williamson (2-1)

    Schneider hits second homer of game in 10th

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- With two big swings, Brian Schneider added to the Cincinnati Reds' bad run.

    Schneider hit his second homer of the game, a leadoff shot in the 10th inning that lifted the Montreal Expos over Cincinnati 8-7 Saturday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

    Schneider hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth, then connected off Scott Williamson (2-1) to win it. The backup catcher's first career multihomer game ended the Expos' three-game losing streak.

    "It was very good to get a second chance," he said.

    Coming off being swept in a three-game series by Atlanta at their part-time Caribbean home, the Expos wanted to build momentum heading into their official opener in Montreal next Tuesday.

    "This has been a long road trip for us," Schneider said. "We needed a good homestand here in Puerto Rico."

    Cincinnati managed to stop its streak of allowing 10 or more runs at three straight games after being pounded at Wrigley Field by the Chicago Cubs. The Reds have not given up double digits for four in a row since 1949.

    But the team that ranks last in the NL in pitching, fielding and hitting still lost its fourth consecutive game.

    Sean Casey temporarily saved Cincinnati, hitting an RBI single with two outs in the ninth that tied it at 7. He returned to the Reds just in time after missing Thursday's game for the birth of his second child.

    "We're kind of fighting in a rut right now. When you're going good, you win that game. When you're not, you lose it," Casey said.

    "At least we showed some life out there. There were times in Chicago where it didn't look like we had a heartbeat," he said. "We kept battling back, battling back, battling back."

    The announced crowd of 10,296 was the smallest for the Expos' eight games so far in Puerto Rico. It was the makeup for Friday night's rainout, and this game was played in intermittent drizzle.

    Luis Ayala (1-0) won his first major league decision. Austin Kearns hit his seventh homer, tying Alex Rodriguez and Jeff Bagwell for the major league lead, and drove in three runs for Cincinnati.

    Ruben Mateo hit a three-run homer off Scott Stewart in the top of the eighth to tie it at 6. In the bottom half, Schneider hit the first pitch from Gabe White for a go-ahead home run.

    "We had some positives out there," Reds manager Bob Boone said. "We had some things go well. It was a better ballgame for us. We're still not hitting on all cylinders."

    Every Expos starter except Schneider, the eighth-place hitter, had either scored a run or driven in one by the fifth inning as Montreal tagged Ryan Dempster. In Dempster's last start, he absorbed the bulk of Philadelphia's outburst when the Phillies set a team record by scoring 13 runs in one inning.

    Expos starter Zach Day, who was born, raised and still lives in Cincinnati, pitched seven innings and left with a 6-3 lead.

    The Reds rallied in the eighth after Jamey Carroll, just inserted as a defensive replacement at third base, made an error on a leadoff grounder by Felipe Lopez.

    "We've got to take care of business a little bit better," Expos manager Frank Robinson said.

    Game notes
    The Reds have allowed 13 home run in their last four games. ... Montreal 1B Jeff Liefer ended an 0-for-17 slump that included 10 strikeouts with an RBI double. ... LF Adam Dunn made one of the Reds' two errors, and also bumped into Kearns while catching a fly in left-center field. Dunn also flied out with the bases loaded to end the ninth. ... The Reds' rally helped Dempster preserve his perfect 5-0 mark against Montreal. ... RHP Orlando Hernandez pitched live batting practice for the first time since being sidelined in mid-March because of tendinitis in his shoulder. The Expos hope he'll be able to return by mid-May. ... Lopez is the only current Reds player born in Puerto Rico.

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