Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 6/19)

Game 1: Friday, June 18
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Montreal7
Game 2: Saturday, June 19
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Montreal17
Game 3: Sunday, June 20
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Montreal4

White Sox 14

(35-29, 15-17 away)

Expos 17

(21-45, 10-21 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 19, 2004

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    W: J. Fikac (1-2)

    L: A. Munoz (0-1)

    S: C. Cordero (2)

    Uribe has career-high 7 RBI in loss

    MONTREAL (AP) -- Even after Juan Rivera hit two homers in the second inning, the Montreal Expos had to hang on before they finally brought their seven-game losing streak to an end.

    Rivera hit his first career grand slam and a two-run shot in the second inning and Montreal built a 10-run lead before ending a wild 17-14 win over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.

    "At the end, I enjoyed it very much," Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "It wasn't very enjoyable from about the fourth inning on."

    Juan Uribe had a career-high seven RBI for the White Sox, who overcame an 11-1 deficit to draw as close as 15-14.

    "The positive thing is that we came back," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We had a chance to win it."

    Rivera drove in six runs in the inning, tying Andre Dawson's team record with a two-run homer and a grand slam in the second off Arnie Munoz (0-1), who made his major league debut.

    "It felt great because it was obviously the first time I've hit two home runs in one inning, and it was first grand slam in the big leagues," Rivera said through an interpreter.

    Tim Raines' No. 30 was retired by the Expos in a pregame ceremony as the game drew 18,114, the biggest Olympic Stadium crowd since 30,112 attended the team's Montreal opener on Apr. 23.

    Montreal, which ended a seven-game losing streak, scored nine of its 11 runs off Munoz in the second for its biggest inning in nearly five years. The Expos scored nine runs in a 10-4 win in Milwaukee on Aug. 1, 1999.

    "I feel like the hitting has been coming around," Rivera said. "We've been hitting the ball better lately and driving runners in from third at a better pace than we did earlier in the year."

    Rivera's slam came with two outs and gave the Expos a 10-1 lead.

    Rivera became the first major league player to hit two homers in one inning since Pittsburgh's Reggie Sanders on Aug. 20.

    It was the fifth time a Montreal player hit two homers in the same inning, and first since Mike Lansing did it in the sixth inning of a 19-3 win in San Francisco on May 7, 1997.

    Dawson accomplished the feat twice for the Expos. His record of six RBI in an innings was set Sept. 24, 1985, in the fifth inning at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.

    Trailing 11-1 through three, Chicago scored five in the fourth. While Montreal scored runs in each of the next three innings, the White Sox scored three in the sixth and four in the seventh to draw to within 15-13.

    Chicago drew to within one on Sandy Alomar Jr.'s RBI grounder in the eighth off Chad Cordero. Alomar reached safely when shortstop Orlando Cabrera dropped second baseman Jose Vidro's throw to put runners at first and second with nobody out.

    Willie Harris popped up his bunt attempt to third baseman Jamey Carroll and Cordero caught both Timo Perez and Uribe looking at called third strikes to escape the jam.

    "I couldn't believe that it was happening but I never thought that they were going to tie the game," Rivera said. "I felt it was just impossible for them to make that type of comeback."

    Terrmel Sledge hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Neal Cotts to give Cordero a three-run lead.

    "I don't know of any bigger hit we've had this year," Robinson said. "That's probably the biggest one."

    Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for his second save in three opportunities.

    "We battled back, they battled back," Cordero said. "We put up a nine-spot in the second and they came back and scored five runs. It's a huge win for us."

    Jeremy Fikac (1-2) got two outs in the seventh for the win despite allowing two singles which drove in three runs.

    Uribe, who fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle, went 3-for-6.

    Munoz, who turns 22 on Monday, made his major league debut after he was recalled from Double-A Birmingham on Friday.

    He allowed 11 runs and 10 hits in three innings, in the worst debut by a starter in the majors since April 7, 1996, when St. Louis' Mike Busby allowed 13 runs -- eight earned -- and nine hits in four innings of a 13-3 loss in Atlanta.

    "There's nothing you can do about it," Guillen said. "I told him, 'Don't worry about it, I've seen it before. You're not the only one. Keep your head up get ready for the next start."

    Game notes


    Munoz was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte after the game. ... White Sox 3B Joe Crede left the game defensively in the seventh and was sent for X-rays after he was on the left hand by a pitch. ... Vidro caught Paul Konerko's pop after it struck the stadium's roof for the first out of the second. ... Joe Crede was the last White Sox player to drive in seven runs in a game. He recorded the feat on Aug. 27, 2002 against Toronto. ... Rivera is the 11th player to hit a grand slam as part of a two-homer inning. St. Louis' Fernando Tatis is the only player to hit two grand slams in one inning. Tatis did it in the third inning off Los Angeles' Chan Ho Park on April 23, 1999, at Dodger Stadium.

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