Series: Game 1 of 4

NY Mets leads 1-0 (as of 4/19)

Game 1: Monday, April 19
NY Mets4
Game 2: Tuesday, April 20
NY Mets1
Game 3: Wednesday, April 21
NY Mets1
Game 4: Thursday, April 22
NY Mets3

Expos 1

(2-11, 1-6 away)

Mets 4

(6-7, 3-4 home)

    7:10 PM ET, April 19, 2004

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

    R H E
    MON - -
    NYM - -

    W: T. Yates (1-1)

    L: T. Ohka (0-3)

    S: B. Looper (3)

    Mets' Yates gets first MLB win

    NEW YORK (AP) -- One win into his major league career, Tyler Yates already is a TV star -- at least at the Poipu Beach Broiler on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

    That's because his father owns the place and installed a satellite dish 1{ years ago.

    "We got it when we opened, hoping it would happen," Gary Yates said Monday night after his son shut down the punchless Montreal Expos on five hits over 5 2-3 innings, leading the New York Mets to a 4-1 victory.

    Gary Yates and his wife were at Shea Stadium for the win along with Tyler's girlfriend, Liezel. It was an unusually warm night -- 61 degrees at gametime -- so all the Hawaiians among the crowd of 14,002 were pretty comfortable, not shivering the way they had been for last week's start against Atlanta.

    He called the restaurant, where he said 50 people had gathered for the game. It coincided with happy hour because of the time difference -- $3.50 margaritas and $2 beers.

    "Am I touching the ground or what?" Gary Yates said in the Mets clubhouse. "It's probably as big a thrill for me as it is for him."

    Karim Garcia and Ty Wigginton backed their pitcher with homers off Tomo Ohka (0-3), and the Mets rebounded from three losses against Pittsburgh to send the Expos (2-11) to their eighth straight defeat, Montreal's worst skid since 2000.

    Yates (1-1) was staked to a 4-0 lead before giving up his only run in the fifth inning, when first baseman Todd Zeile threw a potential double-play grounder into left-center, allowing Juan Rivera to come home from second on the error.

    After the game, the 26-year-old right-hander had the lineup card and two balls: the one that ended the game and the one from his first career hit, in the fourth inning.

    "It's a pretty good feeling," he said. "It's probably the most fun I've had playing baseball thus far."

    He got a no-decision against the Expos in his first start on April 9 in Puerto Rico and lost to Atlanta in last week. He has been working on his mechanics, trying to keep his head steady rather than jerking it toward first base, which causes his pitches to stay up.

    "It was great having a youngster out on the mound stop a losing streak," Mets manager Art Howe said.

    Relievers John Franco, Mike Stanton and Braden Looper finished up. Yates, sitting in the dugout, kept concentrating on each pitch Looper threw, as if he still were in the game. Looper loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth on three straight singles before retiring Tony Batista on a grounder for his third save.

    Montreal got 10 hits, all singles, and stranded 12 runners. The Expos have just 20 runs this season, getting shut out four times and scoring one run in three other games. They haven't scored more than four in any game.

    "We're not driving the ball, we're not getting extra-base hits, we're not scoring," manager Frank Robinson said. "Unless we go out there and shut somebody out ..."

    He interrupted himself.

    "Even then," Robinson said, "we might just get a tie."

    Montreal got four runners on during the second, third and fourth innings but didn't push any of them home.

    Meanwhile, Mike Piazza doubled leading off the second, a ball Matt Cepicky could have caught with a good defensive play at the left-field wall, and scored on Wigginton's sacrifice fly. Ricky Gutierrez's RBI double made it 2-0, Garcia homered leading off the third and Wigginton homered starting the fourth.

    Ohka, 1-5 against the Mets, allowed four runs -- three earned -- and six hits in four innings. He stole a base for the first time in his career when the Mets failed to hold him at first following a two-out single in the second.

    "I just wanted to show my attitude, that I was trying to do everything to win the game," he said through a translator.

    That wasn't the only strange sight for Robinson.

    "I was looking at the scoreboard," he said, "and thinking the clock said `10:84,' `10:82,' `10:85,' it's `The Twilight Zone' -- maybe we'll wake up tomorrow and it will be 0-0 in the standings." ^Notes:@ Montreal hadn't lost eight in a row since a nine-game skid from Sept. 23 to Oct. 1, 2000. ... The previous Hawaiian-born pitcher to win for the Mets was Sid Fernandez at Miami on Oct. 2, 1993. ... Expos OF Peter Bergeron was out of the lineup with sore ribs following a collision at second base with Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins during a double play Sunday. Robinson said Bergeron will undergo tests.

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