Expos 19, Mets 10
Batista had four hits and a career high six RBIs to help the Montreal Expos extend their season-high winning streak to five with a 19-10 win over the New York Mets on Monday night.
“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.”
Jose Vidro hit a three-run homer to spark a seven-run outburst in the third. Brad Wilkerson had three hits, including two in Montreal’s second-biggest inning of the season, and Orlando Cabrera doubled twice and had three RBIs for Montreal, which also scored four in the fourth to build a 12-4 lead.
The Expos, who also won four straight from May 14-18, hadn’t won five in a row since Aug. 24-28. The Expos’ biggest win was a 21-9 victory in Colorado on April 28, 1996. It is the eighth time Montreal has scored 19 runs in a game.
“I don’t know how many runs we needed but we needed more than I thought we would after we got at least 12,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said. “It wasn’t pretty, but the thing about it is we got a win.”
Ron Calloway and Batista hit two-run homers. Montreal tied a season high with 18 hits.
“It’s good to get that first one under your belt and do everything you can to help the team win, but when we lose like that, the last couple of days, it’s definitely tough, it’s bittersweet,” Wright said.
Mike Cameron also connected off Patterson, who couldn’t get through the fifth inning, but still left with a 12-5 lead.
The teams combined for seven homers and 34 hits.
Mets infielder Todd Zeile pitched the eighth, allowing five runs on Juan Rivera’s RBI single, a run-scoring double by Chavez, and Batista’s three-run double. Zeile came on after five relievers—including John Franco, who was ejected after hitting Nick Johnson with a pitch—followed Scott Erickson.
“The truth is we used a lot of pitchers—we had Johnny thrown out of the game in a situation that was uncalled for that made us use another pitcher,” Zeile said.
Luis Ayala (3-7) pitched 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief for the win.
Erickson (0-1) allowed seven hits and seven runs—six earned—in two-plus innings in his second start with New York.
Trailing 3-1, Wilkerson hit a leadoff double to get Montreal’s big inning underway.
Endy Chavez singled and Vidro, who returned to the lineup after missing two games with a strained left hamstring, hit Erickson’s next pitch over the right-field wall for his 12th homer to put the Expos ahead 4-3.
Batista walked and Johnson singled before Cabrera became the sixth straight hitter to reach, chasing Erickson with an RBI double which made it 5-3.
Wilkerson added a two-out single later in the inning off Dan Wheeler to drive in two more runs and Brian Schneider scored a third run on the play on Cameron’s throwing error as Montreal increased its lead to 8-3.
Chavez walked in his second plate appearance, loading the bases before Vidro — the 12th batter of the inning—struck out swinging.
Cameron’s solo homer in the fourth drew the Mets to within four before Cabrera hit a two-run double and Calloway hit his first homer in the bottom half, a two-run shot off Wheeler which made it 12-4.
Patterson allowed all four of New York’s home runs and left after allowing Ty Wigginton’s double and Cameron’s walk following Hidalgo’s second homer of the game with two out in the fifth.
He allowed eight hits and five runs in 4 2-3 innings.
After New York closed to within 12-8, Batista hit a two-run homer off Franco in the seventh to increase Montreal’s lead back to six. Franco hit Johnson with his next pitch and was immediately ejected by plate umpire Jim Wolf.
“He threw a two-seamer that ran in,” Mets manager Art Howe said. “If he’s going to hit him, he’s going to hit him a lot better than that. Once again, those umpires, sometimes they don’t have a feel for what’s going on.
“Our bullpen is spent and we’re going to have a guy throw at somebody in that situation, and have it turn out the way it had to with Zeile pitching in the ninth inning? Clueless, sometimes. Clueless!”
Wright, called up Wednesday from Triple-A Norfolk, made his fifth start at third base. … Zeile also pitched a scoreless inning for Colorado in a 16-3 loss to Los Angeles on Sept. 14, 2002. … Jose Reyes hit a two-run single in the ninth for New York. … Patterson has made four of his seven starts this season against the Mets. … The Expos also had 18 hits on June 19 in their previous biggest win of the season, a 17-14 victory over the Chicago White Sox. … The three-hour, 38-minute game was the Expos’ longest nine-inning game of the season.