Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Florida leads 2-0 (as of 4/14)

Game 1: Tuesday, April 13
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Game 2: Wednesday, April 14
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Game 3: Thursday, April 15
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Marlins 9

(7-1, 2-0 away)

Expos 0

(2-6, 1-4 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 14, 2004

    Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

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    W: D. Willis (2-0)

    L: T. Ohka (0-2)

    Willis 3-for-3 with HR; Cabrera homers again

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The way Dontrelle Willis has been hitting, the Florida Marlins might be tempted to move him up in the batting order.

    Willis hit his second career homer and Miguel Cabrera homered for the fourth straight game, leading the Florida Marlins over the punchless Montreal Expos 9-0 Wednesday night.

    Willis (2-0) went 3-for-3, also singling and doubling, and is 6-for-6 at the plate this season. He also homered last May 31 against Cincinnati.

    The NL Rookie of the Year has seven consecutive hits dating to last season, one shy of the club record held by Gary Sheffield and Preston Wilson.

    "I didn't know that at all. That's really impressive. That's a great class to be in," said Willis.

    Florida's cleanup hitter, Mike Lowell, said Willis' ability at the plate changes the way opposing teams pitch against the Marlins.

    "They can't pitch around him. It's like an American League game when he's on the mound," Lowell said. "I would actually bat him fourth next time," added the third baseman, cracking a smile.

    Florida, which had 15 hits, built a 5-0 lead on Lowell's RBI single in the first, Hee Seop Choi's leadoff homer in the second, Mike Redmond's two-run single in the third and Luis Castillo's RBI single in the fourth following Willis' leadoff double.

    Willis homered in the fifth off Jeremy Fikac.

    "We were kidding him in the dugout that they couldn't show his average in the scoreboard because it didn't fit," Cabrera said.

    The left-hander allowed four hits in five innings, walked four and struck out four.

    Justin Wayne, Nate Bump and Matt Perisho finished the eight-hitter, Florida's third shutout of the season. The World Series champions, a major league-best 7-1, have not allowed a run in 21 innings.

    Manager Jack McKeon said he decided to take his starter after the fifth --without giving him a chance at the cycle-- because he was having some control problems on the mound.

    "He's got to be the player of the week or the player of the month," McKeon said.

    Montreal (2-7), which lost 5-0 Tuesday, was blanked for the third time this season and has been shut out for 24 innings in a row. The Expos are batting .198 and have scored a total of 10 runs in nine games. They haven't scored more than two runs in any of their last six games

    "This is not the type of baseball this team can play," manager Frank Robinson said. "We picked a bad time to have a bad game."

    Cabrera hit a solo homer in the eighth off Luis Ayala, his major league-leading sixth home run this season. Cabrera has five homers in his last 13 at-bats.

    "He just keeps rolling," McKeon said.

    Tom Ohka (0-2) allowed five runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in four innings. The Expos, 1-4 in Puerto Rico this year, drew 13,180, well below capacity.

    Montreal right fielder Carl Everett came out of the game in the fourth after straining his right shoulder during a hard slide. He was to have an MRI exam on his shoulder Thursday.

    Everett was hurt in the fourth inning when he hit a blooper to short right field that was fielded by second baseman Luis Castillo.

    Castillo could not catch the ball, and Everett tried to reach second base, sliding head first. He was called out on Castillo's throw.

    Everett stayed on the ground for about 30 seconds, and was attended to by the trainer. He was replaced in right field by Juan Rivera.

    Game notes


    Cabrera tied the Marlins' record for games with consecutive homers, shared by Kurt Abbott and Preston Wilson. ... Florida is 4-1 in Puerto Rico, including last year. ... Marlins CF Juan Pierre crashed into the wall to catch and Orlando Cabrera fly ball in the fifth. ... Montreal had not been shut out in consecutive games since Sept. 6-7, 2002.

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