Florida stays in wild-card tie


MIAMI (AP) -- Florida manager Jack McKeon wanted several players
to step up and fill the void left by the injury to All-Star third
baseman Mike Lowell.

He got it Sunday.

Derrek Lee hit a three-run homer and Mark Redman won for the
first time in four starts as the Marlins beat the Montreal Expos
5-3 on Sunday for their third consecutive victory.

"We needed some of these guys to pick each other up," McKeon
said. "Hopefully we can get five or six of them pounding away at

Lowell, the team's cleanup hitter and clubhouse leader, broke a
bone in his hand when he was hit by a fastball from Montreal's
Hector Almonte on Saturday. He saw a hand specialist Sunday, but
the prognosis didn't change: He's out for the rest of the regular

"They can win without one guy," Lowell said. "They know that,
and we saw it today."

Nonetheless, McKeon said the Marlins were trying to make a trade
to replace Lowell, and wanted to do it soon. The deadline for
adding players to the roster and having them eligible for the
postseason is midnight Monday. Any player added after then wouldn't
be eligible for the playoffs.

The Marlins are tied with Philadelphia atop the National League
wild-card race.

The Expos, meanwhile, continued to struggle on the road, falling
to 4-17 away from home since the All-Star break and dropping three
games behind the Phillies and Marlins.

"It's tough to understand sometimes why we don't win on the
road," outfielder Brad Wilkerson said. "It's not one thing; it's
a bunch of different things. If somebody can figure it out, I wish
they'd come tell me."

Montreal took an early lead on Vladimir Guerrero's 22nd homer,
which came with Jose Vidro aboard in the first.

Lee put the Marlins ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the inning with
his 26th homer.

Wilkerson singled with two outs in the fifth and scored on
Orlando Cabrera's double to tie it at 3. But Florida took the lead
for good in the fifth when Luis Castillo singled and scored on Ivan
Rodriguez's double. Rodriguez moved to third on a throwing error
and came home on Brian Banks' single up the middle off Zach Day

"When you put two runs on the board in the first inning and
your pitcher gives up three, then you come back and tie the game
and your pitcher gives up two more runs, it's a little
disheartening," Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "You want your
pitcher to shut them down. It just wasn't a good day today all

Redman (11-8) seemed to get back on track, which also could help
Florida's postseason push. The left-hander gave up six three runs
on six hits and two walks in six innings. Redman gave up a combined
16 earned runs in his three previous starts -- all losses.

Redman struck out 10, giving the Marlins' staff 32 strikeouts in
the first three games of the four-game series.

Ugueth Urbina allowed one hit in two relief innings for his 27th
save in 33 chances. It was his first save since joining the Marlins
in July.

"More responsibility falls on everybody else to pick it up
without Mike," Lee said. "Guys have got to step it up. ... You
can't just pack it in when you lose Mike Lowell. We have guys that
can get it done, and we're going to fight for it."

Game notes
Expos 3B Todd Zeile was ejected in the fourth for arguing
balls and strikes with plate umpire Bill Welke. Zeile struck out
looking in each of his two at-bats. His ejection came an inning
after Guerrero questioned a called third strike. RHP Claudio
Vargas, on the DL with shoulder tendinitis, also was ejected. He
was tossed in the seventh for yelling at Welke from the dugout. ...
LHP Vic Darensbourg made his debut with the Expos and allowed a hit
in two-thirds of an inning against his former team. ... Montreal 1B
Wil Cordero was 0-4, falling to 1-11 in the series and has one hit
in his last 20 at-bats.