Uribe has career-high 7 RBI in loss

MONTREAL (AP) -- Even after Juan Rivera hit two homers in the

second inning, the Montreal Expos had to hang on before they

finally brought their seven-game losing streak to an end.

Rivera hit his first career grand slam and a two-run shot in the

second inning and Montreal built a 10-run lead before ending a wild

17-14 win over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.

"At the end, I enjoyed it very much," Expos manager Frank

Robinson said. "It wasn't very enjoyable from about the fourth

inning on."

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

overcame an 11-1 deficit to draw as close as 15-14.

"The positive thing is that we came back," White Sox manager

Ozzie Guillen said. "We had a chance to win it."

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 (0-1), who made his major league debut.

"It felt great because it was obviously the first time I've hit

two home runs in one inning, and it was first grand slam in the big

leagues," Rivera said through an interpreter.

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 Apr. 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 win in

Milwaukee on Aug. 1, 1999.

"I feel like the hitting has been coming around," Rivera said.

"We've been hitting the ball better lately and driving runners in

from third at a better pace than we did earlier in the year."

Rivera's slam came with two outs and gave the Expos a 10-1 lead.

Rivera became the first major league player to hit two homers in

one inning since Pittsburgh's Reggie Sanders on Aug. 20.

It was the fifth time a Montreal player hit two homers in the

same inning, and first since Mike Lansing did it in the sixth

inning of a 19-3 win in San Francisco on May 7, 1997.

Dawson accomplished the feat twice for the Expos. His record of

six RBI in an innings was set Sept. 24, 1985, in the fifth inning

at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.

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.

"I couldn't believe that it was happening but I never thought

that they were going to tie the game," Rivera said. "I felt it

was just impossible for them to make that type of comeback."

Terrmel Sledge hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Neal Cotts

to give Cordero a three-run lead.

"I don't know of any bigger hit we've had this year," Robinson

said. "That's probably the biggest one."

Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for his second save in three


"We battled back, they battled back," Cordero said. "We put

up a nine-spot in the second and they came back and scored five

runs. It's a huge win for us."

Jeremy Fikac (1-2) got two outs in the seventh for the win

despite allowing two singles which drove in three runs.

Uribe, who fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle, went


Munoz, who turns 22 on Monday, made his major league debut after

he was recalled from Double-A Birmingham on Friday.

He allowed 11 runs and 10 hits in three innings, in the worst

debut by a starter in the majors since April 7, 1996, when St.

Louis' Mike Busby allowed 13 runs -- eight earned -- and nine hits in

four innings of a 13-3 loss in Atlanta.

"There's nothing you can do about it," Guillen said. "I told

him, 'Don't worry about it, I've seen it before. You're not the

only one. Keep your head up get ready for the next start."Game notes
Munoz was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte after the game.

... White Sox 3B Joe Crede left the game defensively in the seventh

and was sent for X-rays after he was on the left hand by a pitch.

... Vidro caught Paul Konerko's pop after it struck the stadium's

roof for the first out of the second. ... Joe Crede was the last

White Sox player to drive in seven runs in a game. He recorded the

feat on Aug. 27, 2002 against Toronto. ... Rivera is the 11th

player to hit a grand slam as part of a two-homer inning. St.

Louis' Fernando Tatis is the only player to hit two grand slams in

one inning. Tatis did it in the third inning off Los Angeles' Chan

Ho Park on April 23, 1999, at Dodger Stadium.