Washington (2-10) at New York (5-7)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Mon Apr 19, 2004
  • TV: FSNY
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The New York Mets are having trouble scoring runs. They may not need many to beat the Montreal Expos.

The Mets will look to shake off a three-game losing streak and put together some good swings at the plate when they take on the offensively challenged Expos in the opener of a four-game series.

New York fell to 2-4 on its current 10-game homestand with an 8-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday. The Mets were outscored 17-8 in the series, and have managed just two runs and 10 hits over their last 18 innings.

“When you don’t swing the bats well, it makes it tough,” said Mets outfielder Mike Cameron, who is 0-for-7 in the last two games, and is hitting .200 (4-for-20) on the homestand.

“We’ve run into some pretty good pitching the last two days, but we also haven’t given ourselves the opportunity to score many runs.”

Mike Piazza is one of the main reasons for the Mets’ lack of production. After hitting three home runs and driving in five runs in his first two games, the All-Star catcher has not driven in a run in his last 35 at-bats, and is hitting just .211 (4-for-19) over his last five games.

“Hopefully, we can get things back on the right track because we’ve been sitting back, allowing things to happen to us. We have to be aggressive,” Cameron said.

The Expos have lost seven in a row, their longest losing streak since dropping nine straight from Sept. 23 to Oct. 1, 2000.

Montreal, which was shut out four times in its first 11 games, scored four runs Sunday for the first time this season but still fell 5-4 to Philadelphia.

The Expos jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning as Orlando Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Brad Wilkerson followed with a solo shot.

The Mets have not swept a four-game series from the Expos at home since 1972, but Montreal recorded a four-game sweep at Shea Stadium last September, and was 6-4 there overall last year.

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