Colorado (11-13) at Washington (6-20)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Tue May 4, 2004
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The Montreal Expos look to put together back-to-back victories for the just the second time this season when they begin a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies.

Montreal is a major-league worst 6-20, has the lowest team batting average (.216) in baseball, and is averaging only 2.1 runs a game.

The Expos, however, are coming off one of their best hitting performances of the season after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 on Sunday to snap a six-game losing streak.

Orlando Cabrera hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth, Juan Rivera had a pinch-hit, two-run shot in the eighth and Brad Wilkerson went deep in the ninth, giving the Expos a season-high three homers in the victory.

Montreal, playing just its second series of the season at Olympic Stadium, won two straight against the Mets in New York from April 20-21.

The Expos have been struggling at the plate, but their pitching has been solid. Montreal is seventh in the majors with a 4.02 team ERA, and on Sunday, it was rookie reliever Chad Cordero who led the team to the win.

The Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh inning with Montreal leading 3-2, but Cordero got the next two batters to pop out and retired the side when Shawn Green flied out to right.

“You could almost bet the ranch that if that inning had gotten away from us, we would not have won that game. But he did the job and just picked everybody up,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said.

“I stayed with him because we didn’t have that much left in the bullpen. I just thought it was time for him to step up, and he did in a big way.”

Montreal’s entire pitching staff will have to step up against Colorado this week.

The Rockies lead the majors with 150 runs scored and are second in the NL with a .288 team batting average. Colorado scored 23 runs in taking two of three from the Atlanta Braves over the weekend.

Shawn Estes allowed four runs over seven innings to become the fourth NL pitcher to win four games, and the Rockies took advantage of seven Braves errors to win 13-4 on Sunday.

“I don’t need to make any comments about their fielding. Estes had a good outing,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “Obviously, we had a lot of guys on base that probably shouldn’t have been, and we cashed in a few.”

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