Mets 4, Expos 2
MONTREAL (AP)—Tom Glavine found his winning form in what was likely his last game at Olympic Stadium.
Glavine (10-13) allowed six hits—including a double and a pair of solo homers to Brad Wilkerson—in 6 1-3 innings to improve to 3-1 against Montreal this year. He was 2-10 in his previous 16 starts since June 13, beating the Expos on June 27 and Los Angeles on Aug. 27.
“It’s nice to get a win and feel a little like I knew what I was doing, which hasn’t been the case much lately,” Glavine said. “Everything was a little bit better but I’m still not exactly where I want to be, but it was nice at least to get a result out of it.”
Braden Looper pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 32 chances and second in two nights.
A discount ticket and hot dog promotion drew 11,142 fans after each of the first two games of the series drew less than 4,000. The Expos are expected to be relocated for the 2005 season.
“I don’t know if I’d be shocked, but I’d be surprised if we ended up back here next year,” Glavine said. “It’s too bad. I enjoyed coming up here, I enjoy Montreal and it would have been nice if we could have found a solution here.”
Wilkerson went 3-for-4 and tied Tony Batista for the team lead with 31 homers when he connected in the fifth inning to make it 4-2. Wilkerson homered with one out in the third to give Montreal two 30-home run hitters in the same season for the first time in franchise history.
“He’s had a very good season at the top of the lineup,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said. “I don’t know of any leadoff hitter who can give us more than he has.”
New York moved three games ahead of last-place Montreal in the NL East. The Expos, who moved within one game of tying the Mets with a 6-1 win Tuesday, have been last in the division since April 15 after getting off to a 2-7 start.
“It’s disappointing tonight because one of our goals as a team is to get out of last place, and that was a big game for us tonight and we came up a little short,” Wilkerson said.
Diaz hit his first career homer off Tomo Ohka (3-6) with one out in the fourth to put the Mets up 2-1.
“The opportunity they’ve given me, I’m quite happy,” Diaz said. “These three weeks are giving me confidence to make the club next spring.”
Glavine doubled leading off the fifth and Williams hit a towering drive over the left-field wall to make it 4-1.
Ohka was making his first start since breaking his forearm when he was hit by a liner off Carlos Beltran’s bat in Kansas City on June 10. He allowed eight hits and four runs in five innings.
After he fought out of a jam in the first when he allowed back-to-back one-out singles to Jeff Keppinger and David Wright, Ohka got into trouble right away again in the second when he hit Diaz with a pitch and Jason Phillips singled.
Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and Wilson Delgado hit a run-scoring grounder to short to drive in the Mets’ first run.
Wilkerson tied it in the third as he joined Rusty Staub and Henry Rodriguez to become just the third left-handed batter in Expos history to reach 30 homers.
Mets CF Mike Cameron missed his second straight start because of a strained left wrist tendon. Cameron, who has a career high 29 homers, came on in the ninth as a defensive replacement. … Expos third base coach Manny Acta missed the game because of an illness. Bench coach Eddie Rodriguez replaced him. … Wilkerson has four career two-homer games. … Expos second baseman Jamey Carroll slid to his left to snare Mike Piazza’s one-out grounder in the eighth in short right field before throwing him out at first. … Staub hit 30 homers for Montreal in 1970 and Rodriguez hit 36 in 1996.