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Updated: Thursday, July 29, 2004 12:32 AM EDT
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MONTREAL 7, NY METS 4
 

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Endy Chavez continued his torrid hitting with a double, triple and two runs scored and Tony Batista scored twice and drove in two runs as the Montreal Expos notched a 7-4 triumph over the New York Mets .

After lining out in his first at-bat, Chavez sparked a three-run fourth inning with a leadoff double down the right field line. After a balk, Batista had an RBI single into center field and Brian Schneider extended the Expos' lead to 3-0 later in the frame with a two-out, two-run single.

"We're playing very well as team," said Chavez, who is hitting .413 (19-for-46) over his last 11 games. "Everybody's doing a little something for the team and we're playing good baseball right now."

The Mets got to starter Tony Armas Jr. and Montreal's bullpen in the fifth, taking advantage of four walks and another batter being hit by a pitch to take a 4-3 lead. T.J. Tucker (1-1) struck out Vance Wilson to end New York's rally and logged 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Brad Wilkerson drew a walk to open the bottom of the fifth and Chavez, who has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, tripled to chase Mets starter Jae Seo. Nick Johnson and Orlando Cabrera added back-to-back RBI doubles off Seo's replacement Tyler Yates .

Seo (4-7), who surrendered five runs in four innings, fell to 0-5 with a 5.68 ERA lifetime against the Expos.

"The balk didn't affect me, but the inconsistency by the umpires kinda got to me," said Seo through an interpretor. "That's when the struggles started."

Batista slugged a solo homer in the seventh and has 11 RBI in his last four games for Montreal, which has scored 35 runs over that span.

" Tony Batista got a couple of big hits for us tonight, Nick Johnson got a big hit for us, Schneider got one and Chavez had a very good night," Montreal manager Frank Robinson said. "They made things happen out there and it's good to see because if you get that kind of production throughout the lineup, you're going to score some runs.

Luis Ayala pitched a perfect eighth inning to extend his scoreless streak to 23 1/3 innings - the longest active streak in the major leagues.

"He's doing the job right now," Robinson said of his setup man. "He looks like himself of last year and he's just coming in and doing the job. He did a tremendous job again tonight."

Chad Cordero struck out two in the ninth en route to his 10th save. The 22-year-old Cordero matched the Montreal rookie record for saves established by Dale Murray in 1974.

"Ten feels great because it shows the starters that if they don't have a good day, they can trust in us to go out there and get the job done," Cordero said.

Mets' second baseman Jose Reyes twisted his right ankle legging out a double in the third inning and singled in a run in the fifth frame before being forced to leave with the injury.

"It's probably a day-to-day thing," New York manager Art Howe said. "I was glad to see him stay out there, you gotta bite the bullet sometimes."

During the Expos' rally in the fifth inning, Met's pitching coach Rick Peterson was ejected from the game by plate umpire Tony Randazzo for taking too long at the mound.

"Your pitching coach can't even spend (time) with a pitcher to get him straightened out," Howe commented.


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