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Updated: Thursday, May 1, 2003 1:07 AM EDT
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Montreal Expos
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9 13 0
Milwaukee Brewers
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5 9 2
W Hernandez (2-1)
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MONTREAL 9, MILWAUKEE 5
 

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- The Montreal Expos concluded one of the most successful opening months in team history by continuing to show their lineup is more than just Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Vidro .

Orlando Cabrera , Jeff Liefer and Brad Wilkerson combined to drive in seven runs as the Expos pounded out 13 hits en route to a 9-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers .

In Montreal's last two wins, Guerrero and Vidro are a combined 3-for-14. They were 0-for-6 in the series opener and 3-for-8 in this one.

But the Expos also received significant contributions from the rest of the order and finished April with 16 wins in 26 games, tying the second-best opening month in team history.

The Expos began the season with a 10-2 rout at Atlanta on March 31 and concluded April with their eighth win in 11 games. They have held a share of first place for all but two days of this season and were 16-10 in April for the second consecutive year.

"We had a good April last year," manager Frank Robinson said. "I want to have good Aprils throughout the year. It doesn't mean much if we don't continue this."

Montreal overcame a 3-0 deficit with a five-run fourth. Cabrera had an RBI single before Liefer's three-run homer gave the Expos a 5-3 lead.

In the sixth, Cabrera had a solo homer and Wilkerson added a two-run double, increasing the cushion to 8-3.

While Guerrero and Vidro played a part in the win, it was Cabrera, Liefer and Wilkerson leading the charge. Cabrera had three hits. Liefer, who entered the game in a 3-for-38 slump with one RBI in his previous 13 games, hit his first homer since April 7. And Wilkerson went 3-for-4.

"He was in a such a drought, his personality changed," Robinson said of Liefer. "He just got quiet. It's good to see him get out of it tonight. He got us back in the game."

"I'm not where I want to be yet" Liefer said. "I've been hitting the last couple of days and made adjustments. I'm getting on track. I think some work needs to be done."

Montreal starter Livan Hernandez (2-1) bounced back after allowing Richie Sexson 's three-run homer in the first and lasted seven innings. The burly righthander allowed three runs and eight hits.

Brewers starter Ben Sheets (2-3) was tagged for eight runs and 10 hits in six innings.

Hernandez maintained Montreal's run of solid starts. After giving up Sexson's ninth homer and five hits in the opening frame, he allowed just three hits the rest of the way.

"We hammered it pretty good in the first inning," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "After that, he started hitting his spots a little better. He was making better pitches, changing speeds with the changeup and the slow curve."

Dan Smith worked the eighth and got an out after surrendering Wes Helms ' two-run shot. Joey Eischen got the final two outs of the eighth and Rocky Biddle struck out two in a perfect ninth.

Sheets, who has Milwaukee's only win in the last eight games, allowed just one baserunner through the first three frames. But he gave up five consecutive hits without recording an out and lost the lead.


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