Final

Series: Game 2 of 2

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/18)

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

Mets 1

(48-47, 23-27 away)

Expos 2

(49-46, 30-17 home)

    1:35 PM ET, July 18, 2002

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    W: B. Colon (13-4)

    L: M. Corey (0-2)

    Guerrero homers as Colon thwarts Mets

    MONTREAL (AP) -- Mark Corey wanted to put his pitch in the dirt. Instead, Vladimir Guerrero put it in the seats.

    Guerrero hit his third homer in two games, a go-ahead drive off Corey (0-2) in the eighth inning that led the Montreal Expos over New York 2-1 Thursday, ending the Mets' four-game winning streak.

    "I wanted to throw it in the dirt, I wanted it to hopefully bounce off the plate -- I wanted to get him to chase it,'' Corey said.

    It was Guerrero's 26th homer, his seventh in eight games since the All-Star break.

    "I was a little bit surprised,'' Guerrero said as third base coach Manny Acta translated. "I went looking for a good pitch to hit. I felt the game was close enough that they might not give it to me, but I got it.''

    Bartolo Colon (3-0) scattered 13 hits as he threw 134 pitches for his second straight complete game, his sixth of the season.

    "The only inning that I felt a little fatigue was in the seventh inning, but then after that I recharged and felt really strong enough to finish the game,'' Colon said.

    It was the most hits allowed in a complete-game win since Jim Abbott allowed 13 and led the Chicago White Sox over the New York Yankees 9-4 on July 18, 1995.

    "I was going to ride him for nine full innings -- at least -- and he was willing to do it, and his pitch count was down enough the other day,'' Expos manager Frank Robinson said.

    Jeff Fassero had a 13-hit complete-game loss for Seattle at the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 16, 1998.

    New York tied the score in the eighth on three straight hits, including Edgardo Alfonzo's RBI double, but Guerrero's homer helped give Colon the win.

    "I just felt very emotional there mainly because of Bartolo, because I'd given us the lead after the great effort he'd given us and I felt that we had a chance to win it then,'' Guerrero said.

    Colon, coming off his first NL complete game, a 6-3 win over Atlanta, was in trouble in both the eighth and ninth innings.

    With the bases loaded and one out in the eighth, Roger Cedeno was thrown out at the plate by third baseman Fernando Tatis on Jay Payton's grounder and Rey Ordonez struck out.

    In the ninth, Roberto Alomar and Timo Perez hit one-out singles. Mike Piazza, who had three hits, lined out to second, and Cedeno loaded the bases with an infield hit before Alfonzo hit into a game-ending forceout.

    "We felt we had a chance to snatch the game and that's the frustrating thing,'' Piazza said.

    Before the weekday afternoon crowd of 13,797, Wil Cordero put Montreal ahead in the fourth with his fourth home run of the season, a drive off Shawn Estes.

    Montreal drew 117,655 to Olympic Stadium during a 3-5 homestand to boost home attendance to 432,516 and increase its per-game average from 8,427 to 9,496 during the homestand.

    "It motivates us to keep doing a good job,'' Guerrero said. "You could tell the difference after the All-Star game with the crowds here. Everybody is kind of pumped and we don't want to disappoint them.''

    Estes, is 0-2 in his last six starts, allowed six hits in six innings.

    Game notes


    Mets rookie LHP Mike Bacsik will try for his third straight win in Cincinnati on Saturday. RHP Steve Trachsel, who has been eligible to be activated from the 15-day DL since Tuesday, will start against Montreal on Monday. ... Guerrero's homer was the 107th of his career at home, moving him ahead of Gary Carter for the most at Olympic Stadium by any player. Carter hit 98 homers here for the Expos from 1977-84 and 1992, seven for the Mets from 1985-89 and one with Los Angeles in 1991.

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