TORONTO (AP) -- Eric Hinske couldn't have picked a better game to
hit a game-winning home run.
The Blue Jays rookie, who had 30 family and friends in
attendance, homered in the 10th inning as Toronto rallied for a 5-4
victory over the Montreal Expos on Saturday. "It was amazing,'' Hinske said. "It was my first walk-off home
run. All my family is town too, so this is really cool.'' Hinske, who homered off Matt Herges (2-2), went 3-for-5 for the
Blue Jays, who came back from a 4-1 deficit in the ninth. The 24-year-old third baseman, acquired from Oakland for Billy
Koch in the offseason, leads all AL rookies in home runs (14) and
RBI (44). His family and friends came up from Menasha, Wisconsin. "Eric has been phenomenal,'' Toronto starter Pete Walker said.
"For a guy his age to come in here and make the adjustments
game-to-game and pitch-to-pitch is impressive.'' Kelvim Escobar (4-4) pitched two innings for the win. Montreal reliever Scott Stewart walked Raul Mondesi in the ninth
and allowed a hit to Carlos Delgado before Joe Lawrence hit an RBI
grounder. Before Lawrence's run-scoring fielder's choice, Montreal's
bullpen hadn't allowed an earned run in eight games -- a span of 23
2-3 innings. Vernon Wells then reached on second baseman Mike Mordecai's
fielding error. Lopez followed with a two-runs single to tie it.
Right fielder Vladimir Guerrero's errant throw went into Toronto's
dugout and allowed Lopez to reach third. Catcher Mike Barrett then left with a mild left hamstring strain
after Wells collided with him before scoring. Hinske then homered off Herges in the 10th. "It's going to be tough to sleep tonight. There's no question
about that,'' Herges said. Guerrero, Jose Macias and Barrett homered for the Expos. Guerrero homered off Walker leading off the second, giving
Montreal a 1-0 lead. Macias hit his ninth homer in the third. After Orlando Cabrera doubled in the fifth, Barrett hit his
seventh homer to give Montreal a 4-0 lead. Montreal starter Masato Yoshii allowed just one hit before Dave
Berg led off the bottom of the sixth with a single. Ken Huckaby
followed with a sharp broken bat grounder up the middle, but
shortstop Cabrera made a backhanded stab and threw to second
baseman Vidro, who barehanded the ball and fired to first for a
spectacular double play. After Hinske led off Toronto's seventh with a single, Mondesi
doubled off the glove of diving third baseman Fernando Tatis. Delgado followed with an RBI grounder, scoring Toronto's first
The Expos, possibly playing their last series in Toronto,
are 13-17 all-time against their Canadian rivals. ... Vidro left in
the sixth after feeling a twinge in his right knee. He's
day-to-day. ... Guerrero has 18 homers. ... Montreal is 12-5 this
year in interleague play.