Expos 5, Mets 2
MONTREAL (AP)—Javier Vazquez’s aggressive approach is yielding winning results.
Vazquez (8-6), who pitched his first complete game of the season in Philadelphia on Friday, allowed five hits and two runs, reaching double-digits in strike outs for the fifth time in 22 starts this season.
“I think I established my fastball today a lot and I went from there,” said Vazquez, who has won two straight after going winless in his six previous starts. “I had a pretty good changeup and a curveball and we were just on a good page today.”
“Vazquez pitched a heck of a game for them,” Mets manager Art Howe said. “He had good stuff tonight. We got a couple of tallies off him but it just wasn’t meant to be. He was just too tough on us.”
Montreal, which began a 12-game homestand, ended a four-game losing streak after building a 5-0 lead against Jae Weong Seo (5-7) with one out in the first.
“That’s what we wanted to do,” Calloway said. “We wanted to start this homestand off with a win and we were able to jump on them early. Hopefully that will build some momentum.”
Calloway’s two-run single followed Brian Schneider’s bloop double.
Seo allowed eight hits and five runs, falling to 0-5 in his last six starts. He has an 8.19 ERA over that span.
“I was thinking a little too much,” Seo said through an interpreter. “I wanted to get a little more command, being too careful, and that was a mistake.”
Mets rookie Jason Phillips extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single in the sixth.
Rocky Biddle pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 28 opportunities.
Jamey Carroll singled before scoring from first on Guzman’s hit-and-run RBI double. Cabrera hit a run-scoring double to make it 2-0.
Seo got Vladimir Guerrero to fly to center, but Wilkerson hit an RBI single to put Montreal up 3-0.
Schneider’s shallow fly bounced over left fielder Cliff Floyd for a double, advancing Wilkerson to third. Both runners scored as Calloway’s two-run single increased the lead to 5-0.
One out later, Floyd hit a drive off the right-field wall to score Duncan but Reyes held at third when Guerrero threw out Floyd at second on a one-hop throw to shortstop Cabrera.
“It was an unbelievable throw at a good time,” Cabrera said.
Injured Mets C Mike Piazza took batting practice prior to the game. It was the first time he faced live pitching on the field since suffering a severely strained right groin that landed him on the 15-day disabled list on May 17. … Vazquez has reached double digits in strikeouts 16 times in 179 career starts. … The homestand is the Expos’ longest at Olympic Stadium this season. Montreal, which had 22 home games moved to Puerto Rico this season to boost revenue, played a season-high 16 straight home games from April 11-27 which began with a 10-game homestand in San Juan. … Expos 2B Jose Vidro didn’t start because of a strained right knee. Vidro, who left Tuesday’s 9-1 loss in Florida, is day to day and manager Frank Robinson is hopeful that he will be able to return to the lineup Thursday. … Guerrero has five outfieldassists.