The Mo and Burny Show Hit Montreal

Spot starter Jason Middlebrook gave up a leadoff single to Endy Chavez in the first inning and then he walked Jose Vidro on four pitches. In retrospect, that was probably a mistake by the Expos, as it seemed to make Middlebrook mad. He struck out the next four hitters and didn't give up a hit or a walk until he walked pitcher Tomo Ohka in the sixth. He ran out of gas in the inning but was able to leave with the lead and the Mets added more runs to win 8-2 and give Middlebrook a win.

Jason Phillips, getting some playing time as both Mike Piazza and Vance Wilson are nursing nagging injuries, singled up the middle in the second to score Mo Vaughn, who was back in the lineup after resting a sore hand. Phillips was thrown out trying to take second to end the inning, but Vaughn had scored already.
Vaughn scored again in the fourth inning, but he got to take the easy way around the basepaths-he crushed an Ohka fastball deep to rightfield for a two-run home run. It made the score 3-0 Mets, and was Vaughn's 22nd home run of the year.

Middlebrook was sailing along until the sixth, when he walked Ohka, and then Chavez hit a rope down the right field line. A bobble by Jeromy Burnitz in right field gave Ohka time to round third and just barely beat a throw to the plate to make it 3-1. Vidro then singled to make it 3-2 and that was it for Middlebrook. Steve Reed was able to come in and get the next three outs and preserve the lead.

After Edgardo Alfonzo singled in the seventh, Burnitz made up for his earlier bobble in the field by crushing an Ohka fastball to right-center, giving the Mets a 5-2 lead.

Burnitz was at it again in the ninth, just absolutely crushing a ball to right that had it not hit the foul pole, would have landed in the recesses of the upper deck. It was Burnitz's second home run of the game and gave them a 6-2 lead.Phillips then followed with a blast of his own to make it 7-2. It was his first career home run. After Rey Ordonez doubled, Brady Clark, the last player acquired in the four-player deal for Shawn Estes, doubled himself to score Ordonez and make it 8-2.

Armando Benitez pitched a scoreless ninth.


-Vaughn wasn't supposed to be in the lineup originally, but after Bobby Valentine saw he was hitting .600 lifetime off of Tomo Ohka, he put him in.
-Burnitz's two home runs gave him 17 for the season and gave him an outside shot at finishing the season with 20.
-Friday's pitching match-up will be between John Thomson(9-11, 4.67) and Montreal's ace,Bartolo Colon (8-3, 2.74).

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