Final

Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/13)

Game 1: Thursday, September 12
New York 8Final
Montreal 2
Game 2: Friday, September 13
New York 8Final
Montreal 11
Game 3: Saturday, September 14
New York 4Final
Montreal 5
Game 4: Sunday, September 15
New York 1Final
Montreal 10

Mets 8

(70-77, 37-39 away)

Expos 11

(72-76, 43-30 home)

7:05 PM ET, September 13, 2002

Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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W: B. Colon (19-7)

L: J. Thomson (9-12)

S: D. Smith (1)

Mets commit season-high six errors in loss

MONTREAL (AP) -- Vladimir Guerrero got plenty of chances to boost his run production, thanks to the New York Mets.

Vladimir Guerrero
Guerrero

Guerrero hit his 37th homer and drove in three runs, reaching 100 RBI for the fifth straight season as the Montreal Expos beat the sloppy Mets 11-8 Friday night.

The Mets made a season-high six errors -- including three by 10-time Gold Glove second baseman Roberto Alomar -- and gave up five unearned runs.

"It wasn't a good night, that's for sure,'' Alomar said. "It was one of those days where, me and some of my teammates, we didn't play good defense.''

The Mets lead the majors with 130 errors.

"You can't give any ballclub too many chances out there,'' Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "Tonight they gave us a lot of chances and we capitalized on them.''

Bartolo Colon (9-3) got his 19th win of the season overall. He was 10-4 with Cleveland before being traded to Montreal on June 27.

"I would feel very happy if I could get to 20 wins,'' Colon said through a translator. "I'm not going to lie to anybody -- I'm going to try to do it. I would like to do it.''

Colon needs one more victory to become only the second pitcher in major league history to win 10 games in both leagues during the same season.

"I became aware of it after I won my fifth game for the Expos,'' Colon said. "People started bringing it up, and I'm going for it. I'm praying to god that I stay healthy so that I can do it.''

Hank Borowy began the 1945 season with a 10-5 record for the New York Yankees before finishing up 11-2 with the Chicago Cubs.

Mo Vaughn hit a pair of home runs, including a mammoth shot off a speaker, and drove in four runs. He had his 30th career multihomer game, and finished with three hits.

Vaughn, who homered in Thursday's 8-2 win at Montreal after missing six straight starts because of a sore left hand, hit a two-run shot off Colon in the third for his 23rd homer.

He topped that with a drive off a speaker suspended from Olympic Stadium's concrete rim over right field in the sixth. The two-run homer came off Scott Stewart and was estimated at 479 feet.

"I don't care if they just hit the top of the wall and go over, I don't really care,'' Vaughn said.

Joe McEwing hit a three-run double for the Mets in the ninth. Dan Smith got the last out for his first career save.

Guerrero reached 100 RBI with a run-scoring double in the sixth.

"It means a lot to me, but more significantly because I've been able to stay healthy to do it,'' Guerrero said through a translator.

Jose Vidro hit a two-run homer with two outs in the fourth and Guerrero homered on the next pitch from John Thomson (9-12). The shots put the Expos ahead 8-2 as they scored five unearned runs in the inning following two-out errors by Alomar and right fielder Jeromy Burnitz.

The last time Alomar made three errors in a game was April 29, 1989, while with San Diego.

"It's not hard to believe because that's the way the game goes sometimes,'' Alomar said. "It was an aggressive kind of game so I can't feel bad. I was trying to do my best.''

Guerrero also had an RBI single in the third.

Vaughn's homer in the sixth made it 8-5, but Montreal came back with three in the bottom half on Guerrero's RBI double, Matt Cepicky's run-scoring single and Brad Wilkerson's RBI double.

Game notes


The Mets made five errors in a 9-8, 11-inning loss in Montreal on April 13. ... New York has homered in 13 of its last 14 games. The Mets have hit a total of 25 homers over that span. ... It was the sixth time Montreal hit consecutive homers in a game this season, and first since Aug. 27, when Andres Galarraga and Fernando Tatis homered in a 4-2 loss in Philadelphia. ... The Mets passed Montreal for the most errors in the majors. The Expos made two errors in the game to increase their total to 127.

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