NEW YORK (AP) -- Whether he plays all his home games in Montreal
or not, Jose Vidro certainly feels right at home at Shea Stadium.
Hours after he and his Expos teammates voted against shifting
about a quarter of next season's home schedule to Puerto Rico or
Mexico, Vidro hit a grand slam and a solo shot to lead Montreal
over the New York Mets 7-1 Friday night.
"We're used to these things, believe me," Vidro said. "The
guys know what to do with the situation."
The All-Star second baseman had his second multihomer game of
the season -- both at Shea Stadium -- and helped send the Mets to
their sixth straight loss and 14th in 15 games.
Zach Day (9-7) went six innings for the Expos before leaving
with muscle soreness in his back.
To increase revenue, baseball relocated 22 Expos "home" games
this year to San Juan. Major League Baseball asked players Thursday
to move some of next year's home schedule from Montreal to either
San Juan or Monterrey.
Gene Orza, the No. 2 official of the players' association, said
the initial proposal for 2004 called for about the same number of
games to be moved next season.
Players met with Orza and other union officials Friday and took
an informal vote. Games can't be moved from Montreal without an
agreement with the union.
"We still don't know what's going to happen," Vidro said.
The Expos, who have struggled away from Montreal this season,
got a rare road win, improving to 8-24 on the road since the
beginning of July.
The excessive travel required of the Expos this season might
have hurt their chances of making the playoffs. The Expos, close to
elimination from postseason contention, were 32-18 on May 25, then
went 8-14 on a 25-day trip that included their second homestand in
"We lost our drive and energy," manager Frank Robinson said of
Vidro connected with two outs in the fourth for his third career
slam and first since May 2000. The five RBI tied a career high. He
hit two homers against the Mets in a 7-6 loss July 1.
Tom Glavine loaded the bases with no outs after Todd Zeile's
leadoff triple, but retired two in a row before Vidro came up.
Glavine was one strike away from escaping when Vidro sent Glavine's
32nd pitch of the inning deep to left.
"I guess another one in a bunch of disappointments this year,"
Glavine said. "To get that close and have that happen is
Glavine (9-14) allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings
before his brother, Mike, pinch-hit for him. Tom Glavine is 3-3 in
his last nine starts.
"Shaky. Spotty. A little tougher than what it should have
been," Robinson said. "He'll be all right. He's got four days to
Mets 3B Ty Wigginton was out of the lineup after reinjuring
his bruised left hand Thursday. Joe McEwing took his spot and
batted sixth. Wigginton first hurt his hand last week in Montreal.
... Vidro also drove in five runs April 14, 1999, against
Milwaukee. ... Mets LF Matt Watson dropped a high fly in the
second, provoking a sharp response from the crowd. He led off the
bottom of the inning and reached on an error by 1B Wil Cordero. ...
Day threw three wild pitches.