Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

Montreal won 3-1

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 1

(70-79, 37-41 away)

Expos 10

(74-76, 45-30 home)

    1:35 PM ET, September 15, 2002

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    W: J. Vazquez (10-13)

    L: P. Astacio (12-10)

    Vazquez allows four hits over seven innings

    MONTREAL (AP) -- On a day the Montreal Expos remembered their past, they also glimpsed the future.

    Rookies Matt Cepicky, Jamie Carroll and Endy Chavez combined to drive in eight runs as the Expos beat the New York Mets 10-1 on Sunday.

    Former Expos Tim Wallach, Charlie Lea and Dennis Martinez threw out the first pitches and the Expos wore their 1980's home uniforms with the distinctive red, white and blue cap.

    Cepicky hit a grand slam, Carroll hit a two-run homer and Chavez also drove in two runs, which provided Javier Vazquez (10-13) more than enough offense.

    "I'm just so proud of the young guys,'' Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "It's just unbelievable what they've done. They've brought a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of life into this ballclub, plus they're contributing to this ballclub's success. They're doing a great job. I couldn't ask for any more from those guys.''

    Cepicky drove a 1-0 pitch from Pedro Astacio (12-10) over the wall in right-center with two outs in the first for his third homer of the season.

    "I just wanted to make sure I hit every bag and touched home plate -- that's about it,'' the 24-year-old rookie said.

    Orlando Cabrera hit his sixth of the season, a two-run shot off Astacio in the third, and Carroll added his first major league homer off Tyler Walker in the fourth as Montreal scored in each of the first four innings to build a 10-0 lead.

    "I was just looking for a ball up with a guy at third in that situation,'' Carroll said. "There were less than two outs and he kept it a little up and I got some wood on it and fortunately it went out for me.''

    Vazquez retired the first 10 batters before allowing Timo Perez's one-out single in the fourth. He allowed four hits in seven innings to win his second straight start after losing seven in a row.

    Cepicky also made a sensational diving catch for the first out of the fourth to keep Vazquez perfect before Perez's hit. The rookie left fielder sprinted back and leapt, catching Cedeno's slicing drive with both feet well off the ground.

    "That was an outstanding catch -- leaving his feet and catching that ball that was past him already,'' Robinson said. "He's shown that he can do it. He's very deceptive in the outfield. He doesn't look like he runs very well, but he does and he makes great plays out there and he makes good decisions.''

    Jeromy Burnitz hit his 18th homer in the fifth and singled in the seventh. Roger Cedeno also singled in the sixth as Vazquez faced three over the minimum through seven.

    Chavez hit a sacrifice fly in the second to put the Expos up 5-0 and Cabrera's two-run homer in the third increased the lead to seven.

    Astacio, who is 1-6 in his last seven starts, allowed nine runs -- eight earned -- and five hits in 3 1-3 innings. He struck out four and walked three.

    "In the last month and a half I don't have the command like I regularly had for the whole year,'' Astacio said. "I've been struggling for a while, walked a lot of guys, got behind hitters and then I had to come in over the plate and the guys hit the pitches that they wanted to hit, and it's going to be really hard to get guys out that way.''

    Game notes


    Astacio is 0-3 with a 16.54 ERA in three starts against Montreal over the last two seasons. He has allowed 19 earned runs in 10 1-3 innings over that span. ... Montreal won the final three games of the series after losing Thursday's opener 8-2.

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