Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Montreal leads 2-0 (as of 4/6)

Game 1: Friday, April 5
Montreal 8Final
Cincinnati 7
Game 2: Saturday, April 6
Montreal 5Final
Cincinnati 2
Game 3: Sunday, April 7
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in 10
Cincinnati 6

Expos 5

(3-2, 2-0 away)

Reds 2

(2-3, 2-3 home)

    1:15 PM ET, April 6, 2002

    Cinergy Field, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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    W: T. Ohka (1-0)

    L: L. Pineda (0-1)

    S: G. Lloyd (2)

    Expos turn one hit into a four-run sixth

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Montreal Expos don't even have to swing to score runs in Cinergy Field. The bumbling Cincinnati Reds will take care of that.

    Tomo Ohka gave up only a solo homer in five innings and the Expos took advantage of another slapstick Cincinnati inning as they beat the Reds 5-2 Saturday.

    The Expos sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs in the sixth with only one hit -- an infield single. Montreal got four walks and a sacrifice fly, and third baseman Aaron Boone made a pivotal error.

    It was reminiscent of the series opener Friday, when the Reds made three errors in one inning to set up Montreal's 8-7 win.

    "We've been able to be patient," said second baseman Jose Vidro, who forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk. "Guys are taking advantage of the little mistakes, the extra outs. That's been the game both days."

    Montreal has opened 3-2 under manager Frank Robinson, brought in to steady baseball's most uncertain franchise. The Expos opened last season 6-1, but went on to lose 94 games.

    "It's not a bad way to start," Robinson said. "Now we've got to finish it off and take the third one (in the series)."

    In their opening homestand, the Reds have closely resembled the team that lost a franchise-record 54 home games last season and 96 overall. They've made six errors and their pitching has crumbled, leading to a 2-3 start.

    Ohka (1-0) gave up one walk and Juan Encarnacion's solo homer in the fifth before leaving for a pinch-hitter during the Expos' four-run sixth. Luis Pineda (0-1) walked the first two batters in the inning and went to a 2-0 count on pinch-hitter Mike Mordecai before manager Bob Boone decided he'd seen enough.

    "I just couldn't throw strikes today," said Pineda, who was ejected from a game Wednesday night after hitting two Cubs in one inning. "My hand was so cold, I couldn't feel my fingers."

    Scott Sullivan relieved and completed the walk to Mordecai. One out later, Sullivan walked Vidro to force in a run, and Aaron Boone dropped Vladimir Guerrero's potential double-play grounder to let in another. Orlando Cabrera had an RBI infield single and Andres Galarraga finished the rally with a sacrifice fly.

    Left-hander Bruce Chen, acquired from the Mets on Friday in a trade for reliever Scott Strickland, gave up Sean Casey's double and Adam Dunn's RBI single in the seventh.

    Graeme Lloyd got the last six outs for his second save in two games.

    The Reds had a baserunning gaffe in the eighth, when Reggie Taylor tagged from third on a fly to right field even though he'd been told to stay.

    Guerrero, who has one of the strongest arms in the majors, took a few steps in and threw on the fly to home, where Taylor slowed and let himself get tagged because he was out by such a big margin.

    "I was very surprised because of the depth of the fly ball," Robinson said. "If you had a guy out there with just a good arm, not a great one, it would be touch-and-go. I was very surprised he went, but happy."

    Reds starter Chris Reitsma, who complained of tightness in his elbow this spring, wore short sleeves on a 43-degree afternoon and lasted five innings, leaving with the game tied at 1. His bases-loaded wild pitch let in a run in the fifth.

    Encarnacion, the only batter in the Reds' lineup who had faced Ohka before Saturday, hit his first homer with two outs in the fifth to tie it. Ohka threw only 60 pitches -- 40 of them strikes -- but Robinson decided to pinch-hit for him in the sixth rather than have him try to advance the runners with a bunt.

    Game notes


    The Rev. Metropolit Galactyon, the bishop in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and the spiritual adviser to his nation's soccer team, threw a ceremonial pregame pitch -- the ball reached the catcher on the fly. A Bulgarian delegation is visiting Cincinnati as part of a Holocaust awareness program. ... It was the 2,500th regular-season game at Cinergy Field, which opened in 1970 as Riverfront Stadium. The Reds have won 1,376, lost 1,120 and had four ties. ... 1B Lee Stevens was scratched from the Expos' lineup with a sore right calf. ... The Expos' media guide lists Ohka's hobbies as fishing and driving. ... Okha singled in his first at-bat. He's 4-for-20 career with nine strikeouts. ... Vidro, who missed the first two weeks of spring training games with a sprained right shoulder, aggravated it when he was knocked down while turning a double play in the sixth. He came out for a pinch-hitter as a precaution in the eighth, but expected to be in the lineup Sunday.

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