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Updated: Friday, September 24, 2004 12:03 AM EDT
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NY METS 4, MONTREAL 2
 

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- On a day when Major League Baseball Players Association executive Gene Orza updated the Expos on their planned relocation, New York Mets Gerald Williams and Tom Glavine probably wish the team would remain in Montreal forever.

Williams hit a two-run homer and Glavine pitched 6 1/3 effective innings to help the Mets post a 4-2 victory over the Expos.

With New York clinging to a 2-1 lead in the fifth, Glavine slugged a double off the left field wall before Williams delivered a two-run blast off starter Toma Ohka (3-6). In 13 games in Montreal, the 38-year-old Williams is hitting .382 (13-for-34) with three homers and seven RBI.

Making his 31st start of the season, Glavine (10-13) allowed two runs and six hits. He struck out two while reaching double digits in wins for the 15th time in his career.

"It's nice to get a win and feel little like I knew what I was doing," Glavine said. "Everything was little better, but still not where I want to be. I'm still not good with my location."

Glavine, who is 3-1 against the Expos this season, is 14-9 with a 3.37 ERA in 28 career starts at Olympic Stadium.

Mike Stanton replaced Glavine in the seventh and he and Tyler Yates retired two batters apiece before Pedro Feliciano struck out the only hitter he faced to end the eighth.

Braden Looper tossed a hitless ninth for his 27th save.

Wilson Delgado gave New York a 1-0 lead in the second with a run-scoring groundout, but Brad Wilkerson answered with a solo homer in the third to tie the score.

Rookie Victor Diaz hit his first career home run in the fourth inning to give the Mets the lead for good.

"I almost missed first base looking at the ball," Diaz said. "The opportunity they've given me, I'm quite happy and these three (games) gave me confidence."

In the fifth inning, Wilkerson slugged his second home run of the game, recording the fourth multi-homer game of his career. The 27-year-old first baseman is tied with Tony Batista for the team-lead with 31 home runs.

"He is doing a little better than all right, he's had a very good season at the top of the order," Montreal manager Frank Robinson said. "I don't know of any leadoff hitter who can give us more than he has: 97 walks, 31 home runs, 62 RBI and a pretty decent average."

Batista and Wilkerson became the first pair of Montreal players in team history to each hit 30 homers. Wilkerson also became just the third lefthanded hitter in team history to hit 30 home runs, joining Henry Rodriguez and Rusty Staub .

"It's kind of weird, we've been getting big hits and started to turn things around," Wilkerson said. "I've still gotta improve. Yeah, 30 is great, but I'm trying to get better as a hitter."

Orza met with the players before the game to discuss the findings of Major League Baseball's relocation committee and the status of where the Expos will call home in 2005.

"We're hopeful that MLB will decide today to relocate the franchise, hopefully in the DC area," Orza said. "But the details, I don't have yet. You (can) characterize it as a done deal, but I am known to be a cautious person and wouldn't go quite that far."

"It's not about being appreciated, it's about getting along like a normal baseball team with one owner," Montreal player representative Brian Schneider said. "If we're in that situation again, we'll just have to deal with it. Hopefully, that doesn't happen."


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