Washington (45-38) at New York (36-46)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Wed Jul 2, 2003
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Roberto Alomar was traded by the New York Mets. Armando Benitez and other high-priced veterans could be following him out the door.

The Mets continue to weigh their options as they try to complete a three-game sweep of the Montreal Expos at Shea Stadium.

Pinch-hitter Tony Clark singled home Joe McEwing with two outs in the bottom of the ninth on Tuesday, giving New York a 7-6 win over Montreal.

The Mets won their second straight game hours after trading Alomar to the Chicago White Sox for three prospects.

New York came away with a victory on Tuesday despite stranding 12 runners and another blown save by closer Benitez.

Benitez has had a nightmarish season, blowing six saves. The hard-throwing right-hander was booed even as he retired the next four batters.

Jose Vidro homered twice for the Expos, including a game-tying two-run shot off Benitez with two outs in the eighth.

Tuesday’s trade of Alomar signals a significant shift in New York’s strategy this season. Other veterans like Benitez, Roger Cedeno, Jeromy Burnitz and even Mike Piazza could be headed elsewhere as the Mets try to retool their depleted farm system.

“I think we’ll sit back and regroup and figure out if there’s anything else,” interim general manager Jim Duquette said.

In exchange for Alomar, New York received minor league pitchers Royce Ring and Edwin Almonte, and infielder Andrew Salvo.

Alomar came to New York in an eight-player trade with Cleveland, but never lived up to expectations. He batted just .266 last season, matching a career low set in his rookie season of 1988, and was hitting .262 when the trade to Chicago was made.

The Expos, who have lost four of their last six, hope Livan Hernandez will break out of his slump when he takes the mound on Wednesday. Hernandez is winless in his last three starts, going 0-2 with a 7.64 ERA . He has given up eight home runs over his last five starts.

The veteran right-hander is 4-7 with a 5.26 ERA in 15 career starts against the Mets.

STANDINGS: Expos - 3rd place, 7 GB, NL East. Mets - 5th place, 15 1/2 GB, NL East.

EXPOS PROBABLE STARTER: Hernandez (6-6, 4.19 ERA). Hernandez allowed five runs in seven innings of the Expos 6-5 loss to Toronto on Friday, but escaped without a decision.

METS PROBABLE STARTER: Jae Seo (5-3, 3.09 ERA). Seo went 3-1 with a 3.02 ERA in June. The young right-hander’s numbers would have been even better if not for a poor start against the Yankees on Friday. Seo was roughed up for six runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings as the Mets lost 6-4.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Expos - Vidro, .330 avg.; Orlando Cabrera, 11 HRs, 46 RBIs and 52 runs; Endy Chavez, 14 SBs. Mets - Ty Wigginton, .277 avg. and 48 runs; Burnitz and Cliff Floyd, 14 HRs; Floyd, 43 RBIs; Roger Cedeno, 7 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Expos, 5-4.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Expos - 2B Vidro has four career multihomer games. … OF Ron Calloway leads all NL rookies in home runs with eight. … Former Mets and Expos catcher Gary Carter was named honorary captain of the NL for this year’s All-Star game in Chicago on July 15. Mets - OF Burnitz is batting .273 (9-for-33) with two home runs and seven RBIs in his career against RHP Hernandez. … 3B Wigginton has made 80 starts at 3B this season, the most by any Met at any position. … RHP Seo has held opponents to three runs or fewer in 12 of his 15 starts.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Expos - 19-24 on the road; Mets - 19-21 at home.

INJURIES: Expos - INF Fernando Tatis (chest), 15-day DL; OF Vladimir Guerrero (back), 15-day DL; RHP Tony Armas Jr. (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Luis Ayala (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Zach Day (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Orlando Hernandez (shoulder), 15-day DL. Mets - C Piazza (groin), 15-day DL; LHP Mike Stanton (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Grant Roberts (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (groin), 60-day DL; INF Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL.

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15-10 Record 9-12
3.20 ERA 3.82
178 K 110
57 BB 46
1.21 WHIP 1.27