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Expos Take Two From Rockies

A sunny day evolved into a clear night, but Coors Field still had White-out conditions.

Rondell White homered in both games of a split doubleheader and narrowly missed hitting for the cycle in each game as the Montreal Expos swept the Colorado Rockies on Friday.

Vladimir Guerrero and Brad Fullmer added homers in Montreal's 8-6 victory in Game 2. The Expos won the opener 14-13 when James Mouton scored on an error by Colorado first baseman Todd Helton with two outs in the 10th inning.

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  • The split doubleheader was prompted by the deadly shootings at Columbine High School on April 20. Colorado and Montreal postponed the final two games of their April series and will play another doubleheader Sunday.

    "I'm going to play every game here," said White, who had ice on his right knee after getting hit by a pitch in Game 1. "I've already missed so much time. I've been on the DL twice this year, so I'm trying to finish up strong."

    Guerrero's 27th homer of the season gave Montreal a 6-2 lead in the fifth inning of Game 2 and extended his hitting streak to 18 games three short of the Montreal record held by Delino DeShields.

    The Expos finished with six home runs on the day. White, Shane Andrews and Geoff Blum had homers in the wild first game that saw Montreal waste leads of 6-1, 12-6 and 13-11.

    "I've been here too many times. There's no big leads," said Montreal manager Felipe Alou, who managed at Triple-A Denver in 1981. "The only big lead is after you win the game and you make sure there's no appeal of anything and you're in the clubhouse."

    The Rockies, who have lost 17 of 21, also hit six homers in the two games, including two by Vinny Castilla. Their starting pitchers, however, allowed 10 earned runs in 10 1-3 innings and Colorado committed six errors.

    "We didn't keep the ball in the ballpark and we gave them some extra outs," Rockies manager Jim Leyland said. "The combination of the two killed us."

    Not to mention White, who went 6-for-10 with four RBIs and scored five runs in the two games. He finished a triple short of the cycle in Game 1 and needed a double to complete it in Game 2.

    "It would have been sweet to get it," White said. "I did it before in 1995 against the Giants. It would have been really nice to get it tonight, but I'm happy."

    The Expos nearly repeated their mistakes of Game 1, building an 8-2 lead against Brian Bohanon (10-10) before Javier Vazquez (6-5) surrendered a two-run homer to Castilla and a solo shot to Edgard Clemente in the sixth.

    Two singles and a wild pitch by reliever Anthony Telford made it 8-6 in the seventh.

    The second game still couldn't match the drama of Game 1 as the Rockies tied the game at 13 in the ninth on Neifi Perez's RBI double off Ugueth Urbina, who then worked out of a bases-loaded jam.

    Montreal rewarded Urbina (6-4) with an unearned run against Jerry Dipoto (3-4) in the 10th.

    Urbina pitched the ninth of the second game for his 27th save.

    "He had a pretty good day one win and one save," Alou said.

    Chris Widger walked to open the 10th inning of the opener and Mouton stole second after coming on as a pinch-runner. He moved to third on a groundout and scored when Wilton Guererro's grounder to first bounced off Helton's leg.

    "It really ate me up," Helton said. "I was never in a fielding position and didn't get the hop I wanted. I could have made the play if I had the glove on my knee."

    Telford earned his second save with a perfect 10th that put an end to another high-scoring game in Denver.

    Teams have reached ouble figures in runs 33 times at Coors Field this season, including nine games where both teams did it.


  • The Rockies had swept their last three split doubleheaders.
  • Colorado's Larry Walker went 3-for-4 in Game 1 to raise his NL-leading average to .359.
  • Mike Johnson started the first game for the Expos after being promoted from Triple-A Ottawa. He was optioned after the game, and Montreal recalled RHP Scott Strickland. RHP Guillermo Mota had been optioned to make room for Johnson.
  • The Expos opened an 11-game, 10-day road trip.
  • Vladimir Guerrero played in his 260th consecutive game, breaking Rusty Staub's Montreal record.
  • Andrews has 22 career hits against Colorado, including 10 homers.
  • A moment of silence was held before the first game to remember the Columbine victims.
  • Blum's homer in Game 1 was his first in the majors.
  • Jose Vidro matched a career high with four hits in the second game.

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