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Vidro extends hitting streak in victory

5/25/2002

MONTREAL (AP) -- Vladimir Guerrero delivered the big two-out hit
the Montreal Expos had been looking for.

Guerrero's three-run double capped Montreal's four-run seventh
inning and led the Expos over the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 Friday
night.

Montreal won for just the sixth time in its last 20 games.

``I just felt really happy that I was able to get the three-run
double with two outs -- it's something we've been missing lately,''
Guerrero said through an interpreter.

Tomo Ohka (4-3) pitched seven strong innings and Jose Vidro had
two hits to extend his career-best hitting streak to 18 games,
tying the Chicago White Sox's Paul Konerko and Boston's Johnny
Damon for the longest streak in the majors this season.

``You want to contribute every game and when you get a hit, you
feel more excited when we get the win,'' Vidro said.

Phillies manager Larry Bowa began serving a three-game
suspension and was replaced by bench coach Gary Varsho.

Trailing 1-0 following Pat Burrell's fourth-inning homer, the
Expos came back with four runs in the seventh on Jose Macias' RBI
double off Randy Wolf (3-3) and Guerrero's bases-loaded double off
reliever Carlos Silva.

Ohka allowed five hits -- including Burrell's 12th homer -- as the
Expos won for the second time in three games at Olympic Stadium
following a 1-6 road trip.

``He was outstanding,'' Expos manager Frank Robinson said. ``He
missed his spots a little bit early, but in about the third inning
he got in gear and pitched an outstanding game.''

Scott Stewart pitched two perfect innings for his first save.

Mike Mordecai doubled to lead off the seventh and, one out
later, scored as Macias doubled for his first RBI with the Expos.

Pinch-hitter Troy O'Leary walked and Vidro singled to load the
bases.

Silva relieved and the Phillies appeared to have Macias set up
for the second out on a failed suicide squeeze but home plate
umpire Hunter Wendelstedt ruled that Orlando Cabrera had fouled his
bunt attempt, which brought Varsho out to argue.

``It was a big play in the ballgame,'' Varsho said. ``Hunter
thought he heard the tick off the bat first, so obviously it was a
dead ball. Everybody played it off like it was a missed squeeze
attempt with the bases loaded and we have a chance to get out of
the inning. Everybody reacted but he's right there and he's got the
final say.''

Cabrera took a called third strike for the second out but
Guerrero drove a 1-1 pitch to the gap in left center, clearing the
bases as the Expos went up by three.

Wolf allowed eight hits and four runs in 6 1-3 innings.

Game notes
Bowa watched Friday night's game along with assistant GM
Ruben Amaro Jr. from a booth in the press box. ... Macias made his
fourth start in center field since he was acquired from Detroit for
third baseman Chris Truby on May 16. ... Vidro's streak is the
Expos' longest since F.P. Santangelo hit safely in 18 straight
games from June 5-23, 1997.