Series: Game 2 of 3

Montreal leads 2-0 (as of 6/19)

Game 1: Tuesday, June 18
Kansas City 4Final
Montreal 5
Game 2: Wednesday, June 19
Kansas City 3Final
Montreal 6
Game 3: Thursday, June 20
Kansas City 4Final
in 11
Montreal 5

Royals 3

(25-43, 11-25 away)

Expos 6

(37-33, 24-11 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 19, 2002

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    KC 002000010 3 - -
    MON 30100002 - 6 - -

    W: T. Ohka (7-3)

    L: M. Suzuki (0-2)

    S: S. Stewart (7)

    Ohka wins fourth straight decision

    MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Expos are getting big outings from an unexpected source.

    Tomo Ohka won his fourth straight decision as the Expos tied a season-high six-game winning streak with a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

    "It's been a real pleasant surprise to see him go out there and pitch,'' Expos catcher Michael Barrett said. "He's gotten better and better with every start, and we need that. He's picked us up huge there.''

    Ohka, Montreal's fourth starter behind staff ace Javier Vazquez, Tony Armas Jr., and Carl Pavano going into the season, took over the team lead from Armas with his seventh win.

    "I don't care about the other guys,'' Ohka said through an interpreter. "All I have to do is concentrate on my pitching -- on what I have to do.''

    Pavano, who made his third career bullpen appearance Tuesday after being taken out of the rotation, was optioned to Triple-A Ottawa following the game.

    He was 3-8 with a 6.30 ERA in 15 appearances, including 14 starts.

    "We're just trying to get Carl straightened out and get him back in a groove to where he can get major league hitters out,'' Expos manager Frank Robinson said.

    Brad Wilkerson, Jose Vidro and Vladimir Guerrero hit three straight doubles off Mac Suzuki (0-2) leading off the first. The Royals lost their sixth straight, tying a season high.

    Guerrero advanced to third on a balk by Suzuki, and scored Montreal's third run on Fernando Tatis' RBI grounder.

    Scott Stewart pitched the ninth inning for his seventh save and second in two nights.

    Ohka (7-3) retired nine straight after right fielder Guerrero threw out Suzuki at the plate on Carlos Beltran's single to right to end the fourth.

    The right-hander allowed nine hits and three runs -- two earned -- in seven-plus innings, leaving after allowing Mike Sweeney's leadoff single in the eighth.

    Kansas City has lost 13 of 17 games.

    "We are trying to find a way to win a ballgame,'' Royals manager Tony Pena said. "We play hard every single day. You don't see any of those guys giving up. If my players give up, then I have a problem with that, but we didn't give up. Everybody keeps fighting every day and as a manager, that's all I can ask.''

    The Royals scored two in the third on Beltran's run-scoring double and Raul Ibanez's RBI grounder to make it 3-2.

    Troy O'Leary drove in Montreal's fourth run with an RBI single in the bottom half.

    After Sweeney's single chased Ohka, Raul Ibanez singled off left-hander Graeme Lloyd.

    Wilkerson then made two errors on the same play, first misplaying the ball for an error, and then hitting Sweeney in the back with the throw, allowing Ibanez to take second.

    Robinson summoned right-hander T.J. Tucker, who allowed Brandon Berger's RBI grounder, drawing the Royals to within 4-3.

    Luis Alicea failed to drive in the tying run when he grounded to second baseman Vidro with the infield in and left-hander Joey Eischen -- the Expos' fourth pitcher of the inning -- came on and struck out Brent Mayne to end the threat.

    Tatis and Orlando Cabrera hit RBI doubles in the bottom half to put Montreal up by three. Suzuki, 0-1 with a 9.49 ERA in five relief appearances this season, allowed five hits and four runs in five innings.

    Game notes

    New Royals pitching coach John Cumberland joined the team before the game. Cumberland, who was Triple-A Omaha's pitching coach, took over from Al Nipper, who was fired before Tuesday's 6-5 loss. Cumberland was replaced by Nipper as Boston's pitching coach in 1995. ... Ohka has gone at least seven innings in each of his last eight starts, and nine of 10. ... Guerrero has nine outfield assists this season.

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