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Updated: Sunday, May 2, 2004 9:15 PM EDT
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MONTREAL 6, LOS ANGELES 4
 

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Montreal Expos put on a rare power display and salvaged their series finale with the Los Angeles Dodgers .

The Expos hit three home runs in a game for the first time this season and snapped their six-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over the Dodgers.

"When you're going the way we we're going, you don't know when you're going to get another win," Montreal manager Frank Robinson said. "It seemed like no matter what we did it was wrong."

Orlando Cabrera broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning with his third homer of the season, a solo shot off Los Angeles starter Hideo Nomo (3-3).

"I was picking up the ball right out of his hand," Cabrera said. "As soon as he released it I knew it was a fastball and I hit it good."

The Dodgers loaded the bases with none out in the seventh, but Chad Codero retired the middle of the order on two popouts and a fly ball to escape unscathed.

"I was trying to nibble and I just wasn't being as aggresseive as I should've been," Cordero said. "He (pitching coach Randy St. Claire) came out and said 'Stay aggressive.' After he talked to me I just wanted to throw the ball over the plate."

"The key to the ballgame was Cordero in the seventh inning," Robinson said. "If that inning had gotten away from us we do not win that ballgame. He picked us up right there."

The next inning, pinch hitter Juan Rivera ripped a two-run homer and Brad Wilkerson added a solo shot in the ninth to complete the scoring for Montreal.

"That was my first time in the big leagues to get a pinch hit home run," Rivera said. "I went up there and just wanted to get a hit. "I think it was a changeup. I hit it and thought it was foul. When I saw it curved over, I started running."

Sun-Woo Kim (1-0) worked five innings, giving up two runs and four hits. His ERA is now 1.17.

"He wasn't sharp, but he did a good job," Robinson said. "That was his first time out (as a starter). He kept the game in control. Each time out we'll expect a little more."

The Dodgers scored two runs in the ninth off Rocky Biddle , but Juan Encarnacion , who had homered earlier, popped out with two men on to end the game.

"We've done what we've done for 24 games," Dodger manager Jim Tracy said. "We play until the final out. We got the tying run on base and that's what counts."

Nomo allowed three earned runs in five innings. He struck out two and walked three and saw his ERA rise to 6.27

"For sure he's going to do better," Los Angeles catcher David Ross said. "He wasn't as sharp in the first as he was in the second or third. Once he got control of his splitter, he started to get guys out."

The Dodgers have won six of their first eight series played this season.

"We would have like to have swept this series, but we know we can't be disappointed taking two of three," Tracy said.


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