TORONTO (AP) -- Carlos Delgado gave Canadian fans one last treat
in what could have been Toronto's final game against Montreal.
The Blue Jays improved to 18-13 all-time against the Expos, who
could be contracted or moved after the season.
"It's pretty sad for the fans,'' Delgado said. "In the whole
three months of baseball this year, today was one of those days
that you could see a very good vibration in the stands. You saw a
lot of people with the Expo hats and Blue Jay hats.''
Attendance was 24,645 for the Blue Jays' Canada Day promotion.
The Blue Jays, who celebrated Canada Day even though Canada's
birthday is Monday, wore red uniforms with the word Canada written
on the back.
Parachuters draped in Canadian flags landed in center field
before the game, and the grounds crew wore Team Canada hockey
"It gave the fans something to cheer for,'' Delgado said of
playing Montreal. "It might not happen again. It's got to be tough
for the fans.
"It's pretty sad because I'm sure a lot of fans look forward to
Delgado said he remembered when the Blue Jays first played the
Expos in interleague play in 1997 because he hit a home run.
Delgado hit the first pitch he saw Sunday off Graeme Lloyd (2-3)
for his 17th homer. The ball hit off the top of SkyDome's Windows
restaurant in center field.
"It was fun to be a big part of a win,'' Delgado said. "I've
been struggling pretty much the whole month. It was good to get one
up in the air.''
Lloyd said he didn't locate his fastball.
"It was a cut fastball and it didn't go away,'' Lloyd said.
Fernando Tatis went 3-for-5 with three RBI for the Expos,
including a two-run single in the seventh off Scott Cassidy that
cut Toronto's lead to 5-4. Orlando Cabrera then tied it with an RBI
Toronto's Ken Huckaby hit an RBI grounder in the second, but
Montreal tied it in the fourth on Tatis' RBI triple and Andres
Galarraga's run-scoring single.
Joe Lawrence's RBI single under the glove of second baseman
Henry Mateo made it 5-2 in the sixth.
Montreal's Jose Vidro, who left Saturday's game in the
sixth because of twinge in his right knee, missed the game and is
day-to-day. ... Berg went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. ...
Toronto starter Esteban Loaiza allowed three runs on eight his in 6
1-3 innings. ... Montreal starter Tomo Ohka gave up five runs and
eight hits in six innings.