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Newz Forum: BASEBALL: Game of the day - Expos win slugfest over ChiSox

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posted on Jun, 20 2004 @ 10:27 AM
MONTREAL(AP) - Juan Rivera hit two homers, including his first career grand slam, in the second inning as the Montreal Expos built a 10-run lead before holding on for a wild 17-14 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.

Juan Uribe had a career-high seven RBI for the White Sox.

Rivera drove in six runs in the inning, tying Andre Dawson's team record with a two-run homer and a grand slam in the second off Arnie Munoz, who made his major league debut.

Tim Raines' No. 30 was retired by the Expos in a pregame ceremony as the game drew 18,114, the biggest Olympic Stadium crowd since 30,112 attended the team's Montreal opener on April 23.

Montreal, which ended a seven-game losing streak, scored nine of its 11 runs off Munoz in the second for its biggest inning in nearly five years. The Expos scored nine runs in a 10-4 victory in Milwaukee on Aug. 1, 1999.

Rivera's slam came with two outs and gave the Expos a 10-1 lead. It was their first this season.

Rivera became the first major league player to hit two homers in one inning since Pittsburgh's Reggie Sanders on Aug. 20.

Trailing 11-1 through three, Chicago scored five in the fourth. While Montreal scored runs in each of the next three innings, the White Sox scored three in the sixth and four in the seventh to draw to within 15-13.

Chicago drew to within one on Sandy Alomar Jr.'s RBI grounder in the eighth off Chad Cordero. Alomar reached safely when shortstop Orlando Cabrera dropped second baseman Jose Vidro's throw to put runners at first and second with nobody out.

Willie Harris popped up his bunt attempt to third baseman Jamey Carroll and Cordero caught both Timo Perez and Uribe looking at called third strikes to escape the jam.


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