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Colon earns team-leading 10th victory

6/22/2002

MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Expos were on their best streak in
five years until they ran into Bartolo Colon.

The Cleveland right-hander got his team-leading 10th win to lead
the Indians to a 5-4 victory over Montreal on Saturday night,
ending the Expos' eight-game winning streak.

Colon (10-4) won his third straight to end Cleveland's four-game
losing streak. He allowed nine hits and two runs in eight innings,
lowering his ERA to 2.55.

"He's 10-4 right now and if he gets a couple more wins before
the All-Star break, I think this could be a big year for Bartolo,''
Indians manager Charlie Manuel said. "As a matter of fact, I said
he would have a big year in spring training. I recommend him for
the All-Star Game. I shouldn't have to push him. His numbers speak
for themselves.''

The Expos saw their longest winning streak since 1997 come to an
end. Montreal, which tied a team record with a 10-game winning
streak that season, had also won eight straight at Olympic Stadium.

"I'd have loved for it to have kept on going, but I'm not upset
about it,'' Expos manager Frank Robinson said.

Travis Fryman hit his seventh homer of the season, tying the
game at 2 with a two-run shot in the fourth off rookie Zach Day
(2-1), who made his first career start.

Matt Lawton's RBI grounder in the fifth put Cleveland up 3-2,
and Milton Bradley, acquired from Montreal last July 31 in a trade
for Day, hit a two-run double with two outs in the sixth to chase
the 24-year-old right-hander.

"I was glad I could come through,'' Bradley said. "He was
throwing a good sinker off the corner. I chased it a couple of
times and I grounded out weakly, but I thought they would call a
breaking ball and I was right on it.''

Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 18
opportunities, despite giving up run scoring hits to Jose Macias,
who homered off Colon with one out in the first to open the
scoring, and Jose Vidro.

"We just came up a little bit short, that's it,'' Robinson
said.

A moment of silence was observed prior to the game in memory of
St. Louis pitcher Darryl Kile, who was found dead in his Chicago
hotel room earlier in the day.

Montreal's Vladimir Guerrero singled with two outs in the first
to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

Despite the loss, the Expos are 7-1 with one game remaining on
their current homestand and 26-12 overall at home this season.

Day singled leading off the third for his first career hit and
later scored on Vidro's one-out sacrifice fly to put Montreal up
2-0.

Day, won his major league debut as he celebrated his 24th
birthday a week earlier, allowed six hits and five runs in 5 2/3
innings.

Game notes
The sound of seats clacking shut was all that could be
heard throughout stadium during the moment of silence prior to the
national anthems as two pictures of the Cardinals right-hander with
"Darryl Kile, 1968-2002'' written across the bottom were shown on
the video scoreboard. ... Indians OF Todd Dunwoody was placed on
the 15-day disabled list Saturday. Dunwoody sprained his left foot
and ankle when he landed awkwardly after making a leaping catch in
the sixth inning of Cleveland's 3-1 loss to the Expos the night
before. 1B-OF Ben Broussard, recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to make
his major league debut, pinch hit in the ninth. ... Guerrero had a
team-record 31-game hitting streak in 1999. Vidro had a career-high
21-game streak from May 4-27 to tie Delino DeShields' 1993 streak
for the second-longest in franchise history.