September 13, 2003: Mets Break 8-Game Losing Streak

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Date: September 13, 2003
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 5
Expos: 4
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Danny Garcia, Timo Perez
Key play: Garcia's home run in 1st, Perez's double in 6th

The Mets and Expos played on a Saturday night in Montreal. After losing eight consecutive games, the Mets looked to get back on the winning track. They came away with a 5-4 win to end the skid.

In the top of the first inning, Roger Cedeno doubled off Expos' starter Javier Vazquez. Danny Garcia followed with a home run to give the Mets a quick 2-0 lead. In the bottom half, Montreal scored three times against Steve Trachsel on Vladimir Guerrero's single that brought home Brad Wilkerson and a two-run single by Todd Zeile. The Mets then got a run in the top of the third when Cedeno led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Timo Perez to tie the game at 3-3.

Following a scoreless fourth, Trachsel walked Wilkerson to begin the bottom of the fifth. Wilkerson advanced to second base on Jose Vidro's sacrifice bunt and scored on Orlando Cabrera's single to put the Expos ahead. The Mets then retied the game in the top of the sixth inning when Perez doubled off Vazquez to score Garcia from first base.

Trachsel held Montreal scoreless in the bottom of the sixth. In the seventh, the Mets loaded the bases with one out. Garcia hit into a force play to score Jorge Velandia with the go-ahead run. David Weathers then pitched a scoreless bottom half, despite walks to two Expos hitters.

Weathers got Endy Chavez on a double play grounder to end the bottom of the eighth inning. In the ninth, relievers Mike Stanton and Grant Roberts combined for a perfect inning to end the game. The Mets had a victory to stop their eight-game losing streak.