Washington (4-11) at New York (6-9)

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  • Game info: 1:10 pm EDT Thu Apr 22, 2004
  • TV: FSNY
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Now that they’ve found a team they can beat, the Montreal Expos will try to leave New York on a high note when they complete a four-game series with the struggling Mets at Shea Stadium.

The Expos had lost seven straight games coming into this series, and their 4-1 loss in the opener put them in jeopardy of losing their fifth straight series to start the season. But Montreal has bounced back to win two straight against the Mets, and a victory Thursday would send them home with their first series win.

Three of the Expos’ four wins this season have come against the Mets.

Montreal has used stellar starting pitching in winning two straight 2-1 decisions, helping the team overcome an offense that has not scored more than four runs in a game this season. The Expos’ defense has also done its part, throwing two Mets baserunners out at home plate on Wednesday to preserve the win.

With six hits Wednesday, the Expos are now batting .201 for the season. Still, manager Frank Robinson believes his team will hit eventually.

“This is not a bustout, but it feels good to win two in a row,” Robinson said. “It’s just around the corner somewhere. I don’t know where. I feel it’s coming. It will be nice when it’s here.”

The Mets also enter the game in a slump, having scored just one run in four of their last five games. New York has lost all four of those games, and it is 2-5 over its last seven, despite a starting staff that has allowed more than two runs only once in that span.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Patterson Tex vs. S. Trachsel Bal
4-7 Record 12-13
5.03 ERA 4.00
99 K 117
46 BB 83
1.48 WHIP 1.41