New York (65-86) at Washington (64-87)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Sep 22, 2004
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The Montreal Expos want to climb out of last place. The New York Mets are giving them a fighting chance.

The Expos can pull into a tie for fourth place with the stumbling Mets when the NL East’s two worst teams continue a three-game series at Olympic Stadium.

Tony Batista homered twice as Montreal beat New York 6-1 on Tuesday to draw within a game of the Mets.

The Expos, last in the East since April 15 after getting off to a 2-7 start, got their fifth win in seven games. New York has lost three straight.

“It’s all right for me, but what’s important is the way we’re playing,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said. “We’re just trying to win as many games as we can.”

The Expos also got some good news off the field Tuesday.

Washington decided on where to build a ballpark for the Expos if Major League Baseball moves the team to the nation’s capital

The D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission outlined its plans Tuesday night in a meeting with city government officials. An official involved in the process, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that the commission settled on a location along the Anacostia River waterfront near M and South Capitol streets.

Washington and Northern Virginia have been the leading locations since May to land the Expos, who were bought by the other 29 teams before the 2002 season.

For the Mets, who have just seven wins in their last 31 games, none of the news these days seems to be good.

For instance, center fielder Mike Cameron injured his left wrist while swinging Tuesday.

“It’s an unusual pain, something I can’t play through,” Cameron said. “We’ll check it out (Wednesday). If it feels good, I’m playing.”

The Mets finished last in the East in 2002 and ’03.

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12-13 Record 4-7
4.00 ERA 5.03
117 K 99
83 BB 46
1.41 WHIP 1.48