Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/10)

Game 1: Friday, April 9
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Game 2: Saturday, April 10
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Game 3: Sunday, April 11
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Mets 0

(2-3, 2-3 away)

Expos 1

(2-3, 1-1 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 10, 2004

    Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

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    W: J. Patterson (1-0)

    L: J. Seo (0-1)

    S: R. Biddle (2)

    Patterson pitches seven strong innings

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Eight years after he was drafted by the Expos, John Patterson made his Montreal debut.

    He was worth the wait.

    Patterson pitched seven stellar innings, and Peter Bergeron's two-out RBI single in the seventh sent the Expos to a 1-0 win over the New York Mets on Saturday night.

    The right-hander was selected fifth overall in the 1996 amateur draft but became a free agent on a technicality and signed with Arizona. Montreal got him back this year with a trade late in spring training.

    "It's been a long time coming," Patterson said. "It felt great to put the uniform on, eight years later."

    Patterson (1-0) allowed just two hits, struck out six and walked one. Chad Cordero pitched the eighth, giving up a double to pinch-hitter Todd Zeile, and Rocky Biddle worked the ninth for his second save.

    Montreal compensated for its struggling offense with a three-hitter, its first shutout of the season.

    "That was a tremendous performance. Exactly what we needed," manager Frank Robinson said. "Right now, we can't afford to give up one run."

    The teams split the first two games of their series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, where the Expos will play 22 "home" games for the second consecutive season.

    Montreal managed only four hits against Al Leiter and reliever Jae Weong Seo until the seventh.

    Brad Wilkerson opened the inning with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Einar Diaz. Pinch-hitter Ron Calloway grounded out, but Bergeron hit a grounder down the third-base line to score Wilkerson.

    Leiter also had a strong performance in his first outing of the season. His start was pushed back two days after he was hit in the head by a line drive during his final spring training appearance.

    The left-hander threw five shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out four. Seo (0-1) gave up one run and three hits in two innings.

    "I felt comfortable making my pitches," said Leiter, who gave credit to Patterson. "He just pitched great."

    The first real threat by New York came in the second, when Mike Cameron hit a single and stole second. Jason Phillips then walked, but Ty Wigginton struck out and Joe McEwing flied to center to end the inning.

    Cliff Floyd opened the fourth with a double and advanced to third on a grounder by Mike Piazza. But a groundout by Cameron and a popout by Phillips ended the threat.

    Montreal had runners on second and third with none out in the fourth. But Leiter got out of the jam by striking out Tony Batista, inducing a groundout by Luis Lopez and getting a running catch from Floyd on Diaz's liner to left.

    Game notes

    Cameron had two stolen bases, pushing his total to four this season. ... Batista got his second hit of the season, a sixth-inning single, after opening the season with a 1-for-17 slump in the first four games. ... Piazza is slated to make his first start at first base for the Mets on Sunday.

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