Expos 8, Blue Jays 5

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MONTREAL (AP)—Orlando Cabrera knew his big hit was only part of the story behind the Montreal Expos’ stunning comeback Saturday night.

Cabrera’s three-run homer capped a seven-run eighth inning and Montreal overcame a five-run deficit for an 8-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

“Every now and then, somebody has to step up and do something,” Cabrera said. “I don’t think I did everything. We scored four runs before I hit the homer. Everybody pulled together and we won.”

Trailing 5-1 in the eighth, the Expos tied it on Jose Macias’ RBI grounder off Aquilino Lopez, Endy Chavez’s two-run double and pinch-hitter Brian Schneider’s RBI grounder off Cliff Politte (1-5).

With two outs and runners at second and third, Cabrera connected off Politte for his 11th homer of the season to give Montreal its first lead of the game, setting off the loudest of several prolonged cheers in the inning from the Olympic Stadium crowd of 11,483.

“It was pretty shocking,” Blue Jays shortstop Chris Woodward said. “It happened pretty fast. I was in the training room afterward and I said, ‘What just happened?’ It was almost like, ‘OK, we’re going to win,’ and then that happens.”

Macias also hit a run-scoring single in the sixth as Montreal won for just the second time in nine games.

“We needed a win like that,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said. “Maybe that will get us going. It looked like we would go down in defeat again but like they say, this game isn’t over until the last out.”

Luis Ayala (6-2) allowed one hit in the eighth and Rocky Biddle pitched the ninth for his 19th save.

Toronto, which ended a four-game winning streak, led 5-0 after scoring four in the fifth as Mark Hendrickson became the first Blue Jays pitcher ever to hit a home run to spark the outburst.

Hendrickson, a 6-foot-9 left-hander who played parts of four NBA seasons from 1996-2000, led off the inning with a drive over the wall in right-center off Sun Woo Kim.

“I’ve always enjoyed hitting,” Hendrickson said. “It’s just something that as a kid growing up I enjoyed doing it. I got a pitch to hit and I hit it well, but that kind of seems irrelevant now.”

Vernon Wells extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a two-run shot later in the inning—his fourth homer in three games—to chase Kim.

Orlando Hudson tripled in consecutive innings, his second off reliever Julio Manon drove in catcher Tom Wilson from first to cap the rally.

The Blue Jays lost for just the second time in 11 games.

“Maybe it was a wakeup call that things can’t always be going as good as you think they are,” Woodward said. “We’re obviously going to come back tomorrow and not take it for granted and play the rest of the year like that.”

Hendrickson allowed one run and six hits in six innings.

After Wells was hit by a pitch in the first, home plate umpire Joe West warned both benches when Toronto’s Reed Johnson was hit by Kim to lead off the third. Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca had harsh words for West as both he and Expos manager Frank Robinson came out of their dugouts to discuss the sanction.

Hudson tripled with one out in the fourth and scored on Chris Woodward’s RBI single to put Toronto up 1-0.

After Hendrickson’s leadoff homer made it 2-0 in the fifth, Johnson singled and one out later Wells, who hit two homers in Baltimore on Thursday, connected for the third straight game to increase the lead to four.

Julio Manon relieved Kim and began to walk off the field after Carlos Delgado took a called third strike for the second out. Wilson walked and Hudsontripled for the second straight at-bat to make it 5-0.


Hendrickson’s homer was just the fourth extra-base hit ever by a Blue Jays pitcher. … Toronto pitchers have six hits through 14 interleague games this season. They never had more than three in a season previously. … Hudson’s two triples tied a team record that had been accomplished 10 times previously by eight different players, most recently by Shannon Stewart on Sept. 20, 1997. Alfredo Griffin and Devon White each achieved the feat twice with Toronto. … Expos 3B Fernando Tatis was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the game because of an inflammation in his chest wall. 1B JoeVitiello’s contract was purchased from Triple-A Edmonton.

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