Series: Game 1 of 2

New York leads 1-0 (as of 7/17)

Game 1: Wednesday, July 17
New York 9Final
Montreal 6
Game 2: Thursday, July 18
New York 1Final
Montreal 2

Mets 9

(48-46, 23-26 away)

Expos 6

(48-46, 29-17 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 17, 2002

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    W: M. Guthrie (4-0)

    L: S. Stewart (3-2)

    Mets outduel Expos; Robinson tossed again

    MONTREAL (AP) -- The New York Mets are beginning to get the offense they expected out of their potent lineup.

    Mo Vaughn had an RBI single and Edgardo Alfonzo hit a two-run double to spark a five-run eighth inning as the Mets beat the Montreal Expos 9-6 Wednesday for their fourth straight win.

    Vaughn hit his third straight single with one out in the eighth off Scott Stewart (3-2) for a 5-4 lead and Alfonzo followed with a two-run double. Roger Cedeno added a sacrifice fly and Rey Ordonez's RBI single made it 9-4.

    "I've been in that situation enough times and haven't come through so it was nice to pick the guy up and give us a lead,'' Vaughn said. "Fonzie's been swinging the bat great and he got the insurance runs. We did what we had to do tonight to keep our flow going and keep winning some games.''

    Mike Piazza homered and Jay Payton, Vaughn and Alfonzo each had three hits for the Mets, who outhit the Expos 15-13.

    "The guys are feeling good about themselves,'' Mets manager Bobby Valentine said. "Mo's feeling good, Jay, Mike and Fonzie, who's really swinging well. Right up and down the lineup -- as long as everybody's feeling good, you have a chance every inning to score.''

    New York moved into a tie with Montreal for second place in the NL East, remaining 11 games behind Atlanta, which beat Florida 10-0.

    "We've won four games in a row and everybody's feeling pretty good, and that's a good sign,'' Alfonzo said. "Hopefully we can continue like that until the end.''

    Vladimir Guerrero went 4-for-5, homering in his first two at-bats. He raised his home-run total to 25 with his fifth multihomer game this season.

    Expos manager Frank Robinson was ejected for the second time this season, getting tossed in the eighth by plate umpire Dan Iassogna after Andres Galarraga took a called strike from David Weathers.

    "He said I can't tell him to have a clue -- simple as that,'' Robinson said. "He said, 'I'm not going to let you say that to me.'''

    Brian Schneider had a run-scoring single later in the inning.

    Guerrero hit an RBI single in the ninth off Armando Benitez, the sixth Mets pitcher. Mark Guthrie (4-0) allowed one hit in the seventh for the win.

    Mets starter Jeff D'Amico, winless in his last nine starts, allowed four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. Expos starter Toma Okha gave up four runs and seven hits in three innings, and Matt Herges followed with four scoreless innings, allowing three hits.

    After Guerrero's two-out homer in the first, New York went ahead 2-1 in the second on Payton's RBI single and Cedeno's run-scoring grounder.

    Piazza, who had missed three games because of a stiff back, hit his 19th homer in the third for a 3-1 lead. Payton hit an RBI double later in the inning, but Alfonzo was thrown out at the plate on second baseman Jose Vidro's relay of center fielder Brad Wilkerson's throw.

    Guerrero homered in the fourth and Fernando Tatis doubled in a run as Montreal closed to 4-3, and Vidro's sixth-inning homer tied it.

    Game notes

    The game drew 13,402 -- the ninth straight crowd over 10,000 at Olympic Stadium. ... Guerrero has 18 career multi-homer games. ... The Mets announced that the June 27 rainout against Atlanta was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Sept. 27. ... Mets RHP Grant Roberts, currently on the 15-day DL due to right shoulder tendinitis, is to visit Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday. ... Robinson was ejected during a 10-8 loss in Philadelphia on July 7. ... Wilkerson has 11 outfield assists.

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