The Montreal Expos are making life miserable for some NL East contenders.
The last-place Expos will try for their season-high sixth straight win when they continue their three-game series with the visiting New York Mets.
Ahead of only Arizona in the National League, the Expos have spent the last five days frustrating the Florida Marlins and Mets, teams that were caught in a logjam near the top of the NL East no more than a week ago.
After splitting a two-game set in New York and then sweeping three from visiting Florida, the Expos embarrassed the Mets 19-10 on Monday for their first five-game winning streak of the season. The Expos went into the game as the poorest offensive team in the majors, but they tied a season high with 18 hits en route to their most runs of the season.
Tony Batista had four hits and a career-high six RBIs.
“I feel lucky,” said Batista, who is 5-for-9 with two homers and nine RBIs in his last two games. “I hope I can continue driving in a lot of runs and keep winning.”
Montreal has outscored its opponents 37-18 during its win streak.
The Mets have lost four straight and 11 of 15 to fall six games behind first-place Atlanta. Things got so bad for New York on Monday, veteran infielder Todd Zeile pitched the eighth inning, and allowed five runs.
Tom Glavine, who will get the start Tuesday, has mirrored his team’s struggles of late, going 0-5 in his last seven starts. Though he as a 3.83 ERA during that stretch, the Mets have scored a total of 15 runs.
The 38-year-old left-hander pitched very well against the Expos on Thursday, leaving after seven innings with the scored tied 1-1. Montreal went on to win 4-1.
“At this point in the year, it’s a little bothersome,” Glavine said. “Obviously, it’s frustrating for everybody when you have scoring opportunities and you don’t take advantage.”
Mike Piazza, who has been sidelined since last Tuesday because of a sprained left wrist, took batting practice Monday and said he expected to be ready to play Tuesday, despite feeling some discomfort whenever he didn’t make solid contact.