Expos 7, Mets 3
MONTREAL (AP)—Vladimir Guerrero knew exactly what he needed for “Le Carrousel.”
“It was only one at-bat to go and I just went up there trying to swing hard and see what would happen, and it happened,” Guerrero said as third base coach Manny Acta translated.
Guerrero doubled off Tom Glavine (9-13) in the second inning, singled in the third and hit an RBI triple that put Montreal ahead for good in the fifth.
Facing Dan Wheeler in the seventh, Guerrero hit an 0-1 pitch over the right-field wall for a two-run homer.
“The closest I came was in (Double-A) Harrisburg,” Guerrero said. “I was missing the double and I got a ball in the gap but just stopped at first.”
The scoreboard flashed “Le Carrousel” for the second time this season. Brad Wilkerson singled, doubled, tripled and homered in order against Pittsburgh on June 24.
It was the first time teammates have hit for the cycle in the same season in the majors since 1998, when Colorado’s Dante Bichette and Neifi Perez accomplished the feat.
After missing most of June and July because of a herniated disc, Guerrero hit his 24th homer in his 100th game of the season.
“I’m kind of surprised because a lot of people were diagnosing me to come back in August and I was able … to come back earlier and be able to put up the numbers I’ve put up so far,” Guerrero said.
He is the sixth Expos player to hit for the cycle.
“He’s some kind of strong player to hit the ball out the opposite way,” Mets manager Art Howe said. “It doesn’t matter what type of pitch, he can drive the ball in all directions. He’s a quality player, obviously one of the top in the league.”
Zach Day (8-7) allowed five hits and three runs—two earned—in seven innings, getting eight straight groundball outs at one point off his sinker.
“I was just letting it work in the last three or four innings and that’s what I’ve got to do,” Day said.
A Jose Vidro bobblehead promotion helped draw a crowd of 21,417.
The Expos improved to 16-2 at home since July 31. On Saturday night, their 10-game winning streak at Olympic Stadium came to an end.
The Mets lost for the 12th time in 16 games.
Glavine, who allowed seven hits and five runs in five innings, hit a two-run single to cap a three-run second.
Jeff Duncan hit an RBI single and Glavine hit a liner to center to score two more and make it 3-0.
Orlando Cabrera tied it at 3 with a sacrifice fly in the third, then sparked a two-run rally in the fifth when he was hit by a pitch with two out.
Guerrero tripled off the right-field wall to put the Expos ahead and scored on Todd Zeile’s RBI single for a 5-3 lead.
Glavine wasn’t impressed by right fielder Roger Cedeno’s play on both Montreal triples. The drives by Barrett and Guerrero both struck the wall just beyond Cedeno’s leaping attempts.
“Let’s just say I was disappointed,” said Glavine.
Glavine’s kid brother, Mike, made his major league debut in the sixth.
Mike Glavine, called up from Triple-A Norfolk Friday, pinch-hit for his older brother and grounded to second to end the inning.
“I’m happy for him obviously, but not so happy for me and the team and the way things went,” Tom Glavine said. “You look for a silver lining in allthings and today I guess that was the silver lining.”
The Glavines’ parents were on hand for the game. … Shortstop Cabrera had 10 assists in the game, including five in a row in the fifth and sixth innings. … Tim Foli, Chris Speier, Tim Raines and Rondell White also hit forthe cycle with Montreal.