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Hernandez pitches into eighth

4/21/2004

NEW YORK (AP) -- Say this much for the Montreal Expos. They make
the most out of what limited offense they have.

Held to two runs for the second night in a row, the run-deprived
Expos defeated the New York Mets 2-1 for the second game in a row
Wednesday night, throwing out two runners at the plate and
capitalizing on a rare error by Gold Glove center fielder Mike
Cameron.

Livan Hernandez pitched into the eighth inning and outfielders
Brad Wilkerson and Juan Rivera cut down Met runners trying to score
as the Expos won despite failing again to score more than four
runs. The last team to not top four runs in any of its first 15
games was the 1988 Texas Rangers, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

The Expos managed just six hits and are now batting .201 for the
season. Still, manager Frank Robinson believes his team will hit
eventually.

"This is not a bustout, but it feels good to win two in a
row," Robinson said. "It's just around the corner somewhere. I
don't know where. I feel it's coming. It will be nice when it's
here."

The Mets, meanwhile, have scored just one run in four of their
last five games, although they ran themselves out of two runs when
first Mike Piazza in the second inning and then Karim Garcia in the
eighth were thrown out by Rivera and Wilkinson.

"They made two outstanding throws to the plate and cut the
runners down," Mets manager Art Howe said. "It's not often you
have two guys thrown out at the plate."

Piazza doubled in the second and then was thrown out by Rivera
on a hit by Shane Spencer. Garcia doubled in the eighth and was
thrown out by Wilkinson on Piazza's single. Catcher Brian Schneider
made both tags.

"I like that as long as I hold on to the ball," Schneider
said. "It's part of my job. I knew they were going to be bang-bang
plays. You try to hold on and take what comes your way."

After Garcia was thrown out in the eighth, Hernandez (1-2) came
out. Luis Ayala retired Cameron for the third out and Rocky Biddle
pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Hernandez allowed seven hits in 7 2-3 innings. He struck out six
and walked three.

Montreal trailed 1-0 in the fifth when Wilkerson doubled with
one out and Orlando Cabrera followed with a single. Cameron let the
ball get under his glove, allowing Wilkerson to score and Cabrera
to reach third.

"That's a very rare misplay by him," Robinson said. "I doubt
you'll see that again."

Cameron said he didn't get his glove down in time. "I just
overran it because I had to go a couple of steps to my right," he
said. "It's frustrating."

Jose Vidro followed with a sacrifice fly, giving the Expos the
lead. It was just the fifth multirun inning this season for
Montreal.

Hernandez protected the lead to beat Tom Glavine (2-1), who has
allowed just three earned runs in 27 innings.

Piazza opened the second with a double and Cameron walked. After
Jason Phillips struck out, Shane Spencer singled to right but
Rivera threw out Piazza trying to score. Joe McEwing followed with
another single, scoring Cameron.

Spencer opened the Mets fifth with a double but was caught off
second when McEwing hit back to Hernandez. In the sixth, the Mets
had the bases loaded with two outs after two walks and a hit
batsman, but Spencer grounded out.

Game notes
Tony Batista, batting .156, was the Expos cleanup hitter
and singled three times. ... Other batting averages in the starting
lineup for Montreal included Terrmel Sledge (.037), Ron Calloway
(.071) and Schneider (.176). ... Mets manager Art Howe held an
eight-minute meeting with his team before the game.