With two outs and runners on second and third in the form of Alomar and Tony Tarasco, John Valentin lined a single to right field. Tarasco scored easily from third, but Alomar gambled on his speed beating out the arm of Vladimir Guerrero, and was thrown out by a good margin and was tagged as he tried to slide around the catcher and tag the plate with his hand. The score was 2-1 now.
The Mets would threaten in the eighth, loading the bases with two outs, but Scott Stewart, the Expos closer, came in and struck out Rey Ordonez to end the inning. He pitched a perfect ninth, striking out Marcos Scutaro to end the game.
Notes-Roger Cedeno did not start, his hand was still bothering him. He pinch-ran for Mo Vaughn in the eighth inning.
The Mets have not swept a three-game series since sweeping the Brewers earlier this year.
The Mets have Thursday off and Friday will bring in the Cincinnati Reds, a chance for them to make up more ground in the wild-card race. Elmer Dessens (7-5, 2.75 E.R.A.), who stymied the Mets in their 9-1 debacle on Sunday will start for the Reds while Pedro Astacio (10-3, 3.10 E.R.A.) will try to continue to be the rock that the Mets lean on for a win.
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