Daniel Garcia is making the most of his first trip to the big leagues.
Garcia homered and had three RBIs as New York ended a season-high, eight-game losing streak with a 5-4 win at Montreal on Saturday. Recalled up from Triple-A Norfolk on Sept. 2, Garcia also had a run-scoring grounder, beating out a possible double play at first to put the Mets ahead.
“He’s the kind of player that grows on you,” New York manager Art Howe said. “I mean, he doesn’t do any one thing outstanding but he plays baseball and he plays it well.”
Garcia hit his second homer in three games following Roger Cedeno’s leadoff double in the first.
“Any offense for us lately is good offense and we haven’t had too much early offense so it was kind of nice to get us a little boost,” Garcia said.
Montreal, which had won 10 straight at Olympic Stadium, had a three-game winning streak snapped, slipping 8 1/2 games behind Florida in the NL wild-card race.
The Expos had won 15 of 16 in Montreal since July 31. The Expos hadn’t lost at Olympic Stadium since a 6-3, 11-inning setback to Colorado on Aug. 12.
“We let one get away,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said. “They got the job done, we didn’t.”
STANDINGS: Mets - 5th place, 28 GB, NL East. Expos - 4th place, 17 GB, NL East.
METS PROBABLE STARTER: Tom Glavine (9-12, 4.36 ERA). Glavine allowed just one run over 7 1-3 innings, but did not receive a decision in the Mets’ 3-1 loss at Florida on Tuesday. The veteran left-hander is 23-16 with a 3.50 ERA in 48 starts against the Expos.
EXPOS PROBABLE STARTER: Zach Day (7-7, 4.07 ERA). The right-hander is winless in his last four starts, including a 4-3 setback to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. He allowed four runs and nine hits over 6 2-3 innings. Day is 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA in three appearances, including one start, against the Mets.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mets - Jason Phillips, .312 avg.; Cliff Floyd, 18 HRs and 68 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 67 runs; Jose Reyes and Cedeno, 13 SBs. Expos - Vladimir Guerrero, .322 avg., 23 HRs; Orlando Cabrera, 75 RBIs, 89 runs and 23 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Expos, 9-5.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Mets - Opponents are batting .287 against LHP Glavine this season. … Howe switched the upcoming starts of RHPs Jeremy Griffiths and Jae Weong Seo to give Seo an extra day’s rest. Griffiths, originally scheduled to start Tuesday in Chicago, will start Monday’s opener of a three-game series at Chicago. Seo will start Tuesday. … 3B Wigginton is second among NL rookies with 138 hits, seven short of tying the Mets’ rookie record. Ron Hunt had 145 hits in 1963. Expos - OF Guerrero is hitting .300 (18-for-60), with a pair of homers against LHP Glavine. … SS Cabrera is two doubles shy of his career-high of 43, set a season ago. … 3B Todd Zeile is hitting .325 (27-for-83), with four homers against LHP Glavine.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mets - 31-43 on the road; Expos - 50-27 at home.
INJURIES: Mets - SS Reyes (ankle), 15-day DL; 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL; OF Floyd (foot), 60-day DL; RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (elbow), 60-day DL. Expos - RHP Orlando Hernandez (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Claudio Vargas (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Tony Armas Jr. (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dan Smith (shoulder), 60-day DL; 3B Fernando Tatis (chest), 60-day DL.