Series: Game 3 of 4

Montreal leads 2-1 (as of 4/21)

Game 1: Monday, April 19
NY Mets4
Game 2: Tuesday, April 20
NY Mets1
Game 3: Wednesday, April 21
NY Mets1
Game 4: Thursday, April 22
NY Mets3

Expos 2

(4-11, 3-6 away)

Mets 1

(6-9, 3-6 home)

    7:10 PM ET, April 21, 2004

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

    123456789 R H E
    MON 000020000 2 6 0
    NYM 010000000 1 8 2

    W: L. Hernandez (1-2)

    L: T. Glavine (2-1)

    S: R. Biddle (4)

    Hernandez pitches into eighth

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press