Originally created 04/18/99

Mets rally to beat Expos



NEW YORK -- Bobby Jones survived a shaky first three innings to win his third straight start, and Bobby Bonilla drove in the go-ahead run with an infield grounder as the New York Mets rallied past the Montreal Expos 3-2 Saturday.

Jones (3-0) struck out seven in seven innings, becoming the second three-game winner in the major leagues following Philadelphia's Curt Schilling. Last year, Jones didn't get a win until his fourth start.

He started slowly, escaping a two-on jam in the first, allowing a pair of runs in the second and getting out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the third when Brad Fullmer popped out and Shane Andrews grounded out.

That started a string in which Jones retired 14 of his final 15 batters. Jones wound up giving up seven hits and walking none.

Armando Benitez pitched a perfect eighth and John Franco finished with a hitless ninth for his fourth save of the season, the 401st of his career.

Bonilla, whose average dropped to .176 (6-for-34) with an 0-for-3 day, had another adventurous afternoon in right field. He misplayed Orlando Cabrera's second-inning single, but recovered in time to throw him out at second.

Bonilla almost allowed Vladimir Guerrero's fifth-inning fly to fall behind him for a run-scoring extra-base hit.

But Bonilla drove in the run that broke a 2-all tie in the fifth. Roger Cedeno, batting leadoff in place of injured Rickey Henderson, doubled leading off and took third on Edgardo Alfonzo's grounder. After a walk to John Olerud, Bonilla hit a slow roller to second and beat Cabrera's relay throw to avoid an inning-ending double play.

Carl Pavano (0-3) lost to the Mets for the second time in a week, allowing all three runs, five hits, four walks, a hit batter and a balk in six innings.

Montreal, 2-4 against New York this season after going 8-4 last year, went ahead in the second on Michael Barrett's double, Manny Ramirez's run-scoring triple and a run-scoring single by Pavano, just his fourth RBI in 42 career at-bats.

Matt Franco tied it with a two-run double in the third.

NOTES: Henderson has a tight right hamstring and is day-to-day. 3B Robin Ventura didn't start so he could rest his sore left foot, but entered in the eighth as a defensive replacement. ... The Mets don't have names on their uniforms this season, a decision made by owners Fred Wilpon and Nelson Doubleday. ... Expos reliever Anthony Telford, thinking he had gloved Cedeno's comebacker in the seventh, started running toward first. The ball, however, was rolling toward third and Cedeno got an infield hit. ... New York's bullpen has been perfect in all five of its save chances.