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Guerrero ejected for arguing with umpire

8/20/2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Wil Cordero usually keeps himself ready to
pinch-hit.

On Tuesday night, he never had a chance to warm up.

Summoned by manager Frank Robinson after the ejection of
Vladimir Guerrero between innings, Cordero drove in the tying and
go-ahead runs with a double in the eighth as the Montreal Expos
beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 for their sixth straight victory.

"When I'm not playing, I always come inside the clubhouse and
get loose because I don't like getting caught by surprise,"
Cordero said. "But when Guerrero got thrown out of the game, that
did. I was just looking for a ball I that could drive."

Cordero drove a pitch by Paul Quantrill (1-4) to the wall in
left-center for a 6-5 lead. It was only the second hit in a span of
20 at-bats by Expos pinch-hitters, and the first in eight pinch-hit
at-bats by Cordero. Orlando Cabrera added an RBI single.

"We knew Cordero was there," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.
"He's a guy who's had tremendous success against both of our
late-inning guys. He's the guy we were trying to avoid."

They probably would have had Guerrero, the Expos' right fielder,
not been banished by first base umpire Steve Rippley for arguing
about a disputed home run by Shawn Green that put Los Angeles up
5-4 in the seventh.

"It's funny how things work out, isn't it?" Expos closer Rocky
Biddle said after getting three outs for his 30th save in 45
chances.

In the opener of a three-game series with wild card
implications, the Expos tied the score in the fifth inning on Rob
Calloway's RBI single against Kevin Brown -- and in the seventh on
Brad Wilkerson's solo shot against former Expos right-hander
Guillermo Mota.

Wilkerson, who hit a game-winning grand slam with two outs in
the ninth against Tim Worrell to beat San Francisco on Sunday at
Olympic Stadium, ended Mota's scoreless streak at 17 1-3 innings
with his 15th homer, which tied the game at 4.

"The first pitch Mota threw me was a good pitch, and I'm glad I
missed it because it was a pretty nasty changeup," Wilkerson said.
"I was just looking for a fastball I could drive, and he gave me
one. It feels very good to get a hit like that. Even with that
controversial call, we didn't seem to get flustered. I think it
showed a lot of character in our team."

Green put Los Angeles back in front 5-4 with his 12th homer this
season. It came off former Dodger Joey Eischen.

Green, who hit 91 homers over the previous two seasons, sent a
2-1 pitch toward the bullpen gate and a fan reached over from the
first row of the lower seats, knocking the ball down. Replays
appeared to show that it would have hit the gate and stayed in
play, and Robinson came out to argue with Rippley. But the ruling
stood.

"He said he'd ask for help, and I said, OK," Robinson said.
"Then he came back and said, `We all saw it the same way.' And I
said, `How did all four of you see it the same way?' But there's
not much you can do."

Luis Ayala (8-3) pitched 1 1-3 hitless innings for the victory.

Robin Ventura hit a three-run double in the first inning against
T.J. Tucker, and Mike Kinkade hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the
sixth against Hector Almonte while pinch-hitting for Brown.

Brown allowed three runs -- one earned -- and nine hits in six
innings to lower his major league-leading ERA to 2.25.

The six-time All-Star faced 13 batters with two outs during the
first six innings -- allowing eight of them to reach base. Brown got
the first two Expos in the sixth before they loaded the bases on a
single by Endy Chavez and two walks. But Guerrero flied out to keep
the score tied at 3.

Brown allowed an unearned run in the fifth that tied the score
at 3. Jose Vidro singled and advanced to third on a pair of
groundouts before Calloway lifted a foul fly near the seats in
left. Jeromy Burnitz had room, but missed it, and Calloway
capitalized on the second chance with an RBI single.

"Everyone knows they've got a good ballclub," Green said.
"Anytime you've got Guerrero, Jose Vidro and Orlando Cabrera in
the middle of the lineup, you've got to score some runs to beat
them."

Brown also gave up an unearned run in the first after a two-out
double by Guerrero and an infield single by Cabrera. Ventura missed
Brown's pickoff throw to first for an error, allowing Guerrero to
score.

Ventura redeemed himself with two outs in the bottom of the
first, driving a 3-2 pitch off the bullpen fence in right field to
clear the bases -- just missing his 17th career grand slam.

Game notes
The Dodgers' bullpen entered with a major league-leading
2.03 ERA. ... Brown reached 3,000 innings when he retired Vidro on
a grounder to shortstop to end the second. ... Ventura had only
four RBI in his previous 14 games after being traded from the
Yankees on July 31.