Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/20)

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 2

(3-11, 2-6 away)

Mets 1

(6-8, 3-5 home)

    7:10 PM ET, April 20, 2004

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    W: Z. Day (1-1)

    L: D. Weathers (1-1)

    S: R. Biddle (3)

    Vidro's homer in eighth edges Mets

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Montreal manager Frank Robinson started his postgame remarks Tuesday night in the usual way with the usual words.

    "We played hard," he began, "but we just didn't get it done."

    Then he stopped and grinned. "Oh, that was yesterday," he said.

    This time, it was different. This time, after eight straight losses and four shutouts, the run-deprived Expos found a way to win, using Jose Vidro's leadoff home run in the eighth inning to edge the New York Mets 2-1.

    It created a sea of smiles in a clubhouse that has been full of frowns. The Expos have been on the road since the start of spring training and were dragging a bit. The atmosphere changed dramatically after the rare victory.

    "I didn't think the stereo was working," Robinson cackled as music boomed around the room. "I like hearing that. I'd like to hear it more. It's good to hear guys laughing. That's what this game is all about. Hopefully we can have a lot more fun the rest of the year."

    Vidro's second home run of the season broke a 1-1 tie against reliever David Weathers (1-1). Montreal had gone 18 innings without an extra-base hit since Brian Schneider's seventh-inning triple Sunday at Philadelphia.

    "Hopefully, this win will get us out of this slump," Vidro said. "I just wanted to do something to get us started. It's fun to win."

    Montreal, which had been on its worst skid since the 2000 season, trailed 1-0 in the sixth before coming back.

    The Expos (3-11), the worst-hitting team in the major leagues with a .202 average, have just 22 runs this season. They are the first team to not score more than four runs in each of its first 14 games since the 1988 Texas Rangers, according to the Elias Sport Bureau.

    Zach Day (1-1) limited the Mets to four hits in seven innings. Luis Ayala pitched the eighth, and Rocky Biddle needed just six pitches to complete the four-hitter and get his third save in three chances.

    Weathers (1-1) relieved Al Leiter to start the eighth and Vidro, his first batter, connected on a 3-2 pitch.

    It was the fourth loss in the last five games for New York and Weathers tried to put some positive spin on the Mets' situation.

    "So many people are frustrated," he said. "I can't blame them. It's not like, `Where do we go from here?' We know we've got players. There's more of a belief system that we can come out of it."

    Leiter allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, striking out four. He had a 29 1-3-inning scoreless streak dating to Sept. 17 when Montreal scored in the sixth.

    "I went out knowing those guys over there are struggling a little bit," he said. "But they've definitely got some hitters over there."

    The Mets went ahead in the first when Kaz Matsui singled, advanced on an infield out and scored on Mike Piazza's single.

    Montreal ran itself out of the fourth after Einar Diaz and Vidro opened with singles. Orlando Cabrera grounded to shortstop, and Matsui threw to second for the force. But Ricky Gutierrez' s relay got away from Todd Zeile at first base. Diaz, who had stopped at third, broke for home and was thrown out easily. Rivera then flied out.

    Diaz was hit by a pitch in the sixth and Cabrera beat out Montreal's third infield hit, giving the Expos two runners with two outs. Juan Rivera then singled to center to drive in the tying run.

    Tony Batista walked, loading the bases, but Luis Lopez grounded out.

    Zeile doubled with two outs in the bottom half and Piazza was intentionally walked, but Mike Cameron grounded out.

    Game notes

    Fox's broadcast team, which included Leiter during the playoffs, won an Emmy Award on Monday night for best live sports special for its work during the 2003 baseball postseason.

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