Florida (48-47) at Montreal (34-61)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Montreal, QC, CA
Temp: 77° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Fri Jul 23, 2004
  • TV: WPXM
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Brad Penny’s eyes light up when he sees the Montreal Expos.

Penny will look to continue his dominance of the Expos when the Florida Marlins open a three-game series at Olympic Stadium.

Still very much alive in the NL East race, the Marlins will be counting on Penny down the stretch. The right-hander should put Florida in position to even its 10-game road trip at 4-4 on Friday. Penny, who has 48 career wins, is 11-3 with a 2.19 ERA in 16 starts against Montreal.

He’s been extremely effective on the road against the Expos, going 5-1 with a 1.88 ERA in seven starts.

The Marlins have won three of four overall, including a 10-8 victory in Philadelphia on Thursday.

Alex Gonzalez and Jeff Conine each hit three-run homers, and Mike Redmond added a solo shot, helping Florida move within two games of the Phillies and Atlanta for the NL East lead.

The Expos are just happy to be going home. Montreal finished its six-city, 28-day road trip with a 10-15 record following a 4-1 win over the New York Mets on Thursday.

Tony Batista hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off John Franco in the eighth inning that sent the Expos on their way. Brad Wilkerson added a disputed homer for the Expos.

“Thank God it’s over,” Wilkerson said of the road trip. “We did a pretty good job, but I’m happy it’s over because it takes a lot out of you.”

Montreal second baseman Jose Vidro has had good success against Penny in his career, hitting .316 (12-for-38).

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