Expos sink Pavano in Game 1 in Florida

MIAMI -- The Montreal Expos did their best to sweep away the
Florida Marlins' playoff hopes on Wednesday.

"We've battled through a lot of adversity these past two or
three weeks, this is just a little bump in the road," manager Jack
McKeon said after Florida was swept by the Expos 6-2 and 10-4 to
fall 3{ games behind San Francisco in the NL wild-card race.

"We just have to get this engine fired up again and click on
all cylinders again," McKeon added.

Tony Batista and Val Pascucci hit three-run homers for the Expos in the second game. Brad Wilkerson hit his ninth leadoff homer in the opener, which featured Montreal's Brian Schneider getting
picked off by Mike Lowell's hidden ball trick.

The teams resumed their five-game series in Florida after the
Marlins won the first two games at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.
Those games were moved because of the threat of Hurricane Ivan.

The Expos jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Nate Bump (2-4) in the first inning of the second game. Ryan Church, who hit his first
career home run in the first game, had an RBI single before
Pascucci hit his first career homer.

"Pascucci's ball was a hard-hit ball, and it cost us pretty
big," Bump said. "After that, I knew we still had a chance with
our offense and I tried to keep us in it."

Batista's three-run homer came during a five-run fourth, in
which the Expos batted around and built a 9-3 lead. Montreal had 27
hits in the doubleheader to become the first team to sweep the
Marlins in Florida.

"It's very satisfying to come back here and win a
doubleheader," said Montreal's Jamey Carroll, who had four hits in
the nightcap. "We have a lot of pride and still want to win as
many games as possible."

Jon Rauch (2-0) pitched three scoreless innings in relief of starter Tomo Ohka, who pitched three innings in his first start
since breaking his arm on June 10 against Kansas City.

Brendan Harris became the third Expos player to hit his first career homer Wednesday when he led off the eighth inning. The Elias Sports Bureau said it was the first time three teammates hit their first career homers on the same day since April 28, 1946, when New York Giants' Bill Rigney, Buddy Blattner and Jess Pike homered
during a doubleheader against Brooklyn.

In the first game, Florida starter Carl Pavano (17-6) was trying to become the National League's first 18-game winner.

"It's nice to beat him because he's been very tough on us,"
said Montreal manager Frank Robinson, whose team is 2-5 overall
against Pavano.

John Patterson (4-5) gave up two runs and six hits in eight
innings in the first game. He struck out seven in his longest
outing of the season for the Expos, who snapped a five-game losing

The right-hander failed to work at least four innings in three
of his previous five starts. His longest outing of the season had
been seven innings against the Mets on April 10.

"It felt good -- I wasn't tired, I was kind of high on life," Patterson said.

Pavano had his five-start winning streak snapped by his former
team, allowing four runs -- three earned -- and 10 hits in 6 2-3
innings. He balked in Montreal's fourth run with two outs in the

"The guy has pitched super all year long," McKeon said. "He
didn't do a bad job today. We didn't score any runs."

Lowell successfully completed the hidden ball trick to help the
Marlins escape a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the fourth with
Wilkerson due up.

Following Schneider's RBI double and an intentional walk to
Maicer Izturis, Patterson singled to left to load the bases. After
Schneider stopped at third, Lowell faked a throw to Pavano. When
the Expos' runner left third base, and before Pavano stepped on the
mound, Lowell tagged Schneider for the final out.

Wilkerson led off the first game with his 29th home run, a
422-foot shot to right-center.

Game notes
Florida had been 4-0-6 in doubleheaders at Pro Player
Stadium. It also was the first time the Marlins were swept overall
since June 28, 2001, at Philadelphia. ... The first game began
before a crowd of about 1,500 fans. The announced attendance for
the doubleheader was 12,608. The teams drew 4,003 and 5,457,
respectively, for their two games in Chicago earlier in the week.
... Florida RHP A.J. Burnett will miss his scheduled start Friday
night against Atlanta because of elbow inflammation. McKeon said he
expects Burnett to miss only one start. ... Church left the second
game in the fourth inning due to muscle cramps.