Series: Game 1 of 3

Chi White Sox leads 1-0 (as of 6/18)

Game 1: Friday, June 18
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Game 2: Saturday, June 19
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Game 3: Sunday, June 20
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White Sox 11

(35-28, 15-16 away)

Expos 7

(20-45, 9-21 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 18, 2004

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    W: N. Cotts (1-3)

    L: L. Ayala (0-6)

    S: D. Marte (3)

    Lee goes 4-for-6, misses triple for cycle

    MONTREAL (AP) -- The weak-hitting Montreal Expos' biggest offensive inning of the season was no match for Carlos Lee and the Chicago White Sox.

    Lee went 4-for-6 with four RBI to lead the White Sox to an 11-7 victory over Montreal on Friday night, extending the Expos' losing streak to seven.

    Lee, who fell a triple short of the cycle, drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth with an RBI single off Luis Ayala (0-6) that made it 8-7.

    Chicago added three more runs in the inning, reaching double digits in runs for a major league-leading 13th time.

    "We've been doing this for a while now," Lee said. "We've got the type of lineup that we've got the guys who are capable of doing this pretty often."

    Montreal scored a season-high five runs in the first after falling behind 3-0 in the top half. The Expos' previous season high for runs in an inning was four, which it managed just twice.

    "I really liked what the offense did tonight, especially the first inning," Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "Each time we went ahead, they came back and tied it up but the offense looks like it's coming to life a bit now. What we have to do is put all the components together to win a ballgame."

    Neal Cotts (1-3) pitched a perfect seventh and doubled in his first major league plate appearance before James Burke was thrown out at the plate to end the eighth.

    "I wasn't thinking a whole lot," said Cotts, who thinks he'll give the ball he hit to his father. "I was just trying to see something in the strike zone to swing at."

    Jose Valentin doubled in the first and hit RBI triples in the fourth and eighth. He also had two triples in the same game on Sept. 29, 1999.

    Burke, who drove in two runs, tied a career high with three hits.

    Lee hit a two-run homer in the first off Claudio Vargas, an RBI double in the second off T.J. Tucker and a single in the fourth.

    Needing a triple for the cycle, Lee was struck out by Rocky Biddle in the sixth before breaking a 7-7 tie with a run-scoring single to start the four-run outburst in the eighth. He struck out in his last at-bat in the ninth.

    "I knew about (the cycle) in my last at-bat, the guys were telling me about it on the bench," Lee said. "I want to go out there and have good at-bats and whatever happens, happens."

    Juan Uribe reached on a two-base error in the eighth when left fielder Carl Everett dropped his drive off Ayala, the sixth Expos pitcher after manager Frank Robinson chose to use his bullpen to make it through the game.

    Lee's single made it 8-7 and Valentin gave Chicago a two-run lead with his second run-scoring triple. Valentin scored on Paul Konerko's RBI grounder to increase the lead to 10-7.

    Trailing 3-0 in the first, the struggling Expos mounted their biggest offensive outburst of the season in the bottom half to take a 5-3 lead.

    Brad Wilkerson and Orlando Cabrera singled to lead off the inning, and Jose Vidro reached safely on a grounder to second as Cabrera beat the throw to shortstop Valentin to load the bases.

    Carl Everett hit a two-run double to draw Montreal to within 3-2. Everett was thrown out at third as the Expos tied it on Juan Rivera's RBI grounder to short. Nick Johnson hit an RBI double and advanced to third on the throw home before scoring on Tony Batista's sacrifice fly.

    Mark Buehrle, who has won his last six decisions, allowed 10 hits and seven runs in six innings. He entered with an average run support of 9.29 per game -- best in the majors.

    "He kept me in the game and gave us the innings that we wanted," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Obviously, we would like to see a better result, but that's part of the game. This kid has thrown well all year long."

    Game notes

    Lee has no triples this season, and had just one last season, on Aug. 10 against Oakland. He has 10 in his career. ... The Expos are 2-8 against the AL this season.

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