Montreal 7, Florida 6

April 2, 2002 at 11:49 PM
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MONTREAL, April 2 (UPI) -- Jose Vidro and Orlando Cabrera delivered run-scoring singles in the ninth inning Tuesday night as the Montreal Expos scored six times in their final two at-bats to edge the Florida Marlins, 7-6, in their 34th and possibly last season opener.

A crowd of 34,351 came to Olympic Stadium, seemingly happy that there merely was a game to be played. The Expos were one of the teams to be contracted by Major League Baseball before this season, but instead went through a major overhaul of ownership and management.

The possibility of extinction or relocation still exists after the 2002 season, but if that happens the Expos gave their fans a final season opener to remember.

The Marlins built a 6-1 lead on a grand slam by Preston Wilson in the seventh before the Expos came alive. Montreal scored three times in the eighth with the help of a homer by Michael Barrett before scoring three more off closer Braden Looper (0-1) in the ninth.

Brad Wilkerson walked to lead off the ninth and went to third on a check-swing double to right field by Barrett. Looper struck out pinch hitter Henry Rodriguez and Peter Bergeron before Vidro lined a two-run single to center to tie it at 6-6.

After Vladimir Guerrero was intentionally walked, Cabrera followed with a long single over the head of right fielder Eric Owens for the game winner.

Matt Herges (1-0) worked in and out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to win in his Expos debut.

The Expos won in their first game under manager Frank Robinson, who was appointed to the job after Major League Baseball took over the team in February and Expos owner Jeffrey Loria purchased the Marlins.

Jeff Torborg managed the Expos last season before heading to Florida, where he lost in his first game as Marlins manager. Torborg lost for just the second time in eight Opening Day games as a major league manager.

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