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Rivas' shot gets Robinson tossed

MONTREAL (AP) -- Frank Robinson and the Montreal Expos had a
legitimate complaint over a crucial blown call.

Luis Rivas hit a disputed home run in the 11th inning, sending
the Minnesota Twins to a 5-4 win over Montreal on Wednesday night.

Rivas' drive over the wall in the left-field corner was called
fair by third base umpire Brian O'Nora. Television replays,
however, clearly showed the ball sailed to the left of the net that
serves as a foul pole at Olympic Stadium and should have been ruled
foul.

"The replay just confirmed what you saw, that's all," said
Robinson, the Expos' manager who was ejected after a lengthy
argument. "In plain language, (O'Nora) said he saw it and he saw
the ball hit the foul pole. He saw it shaking."

Expos left fielder Brad Wilkerson immediately jumped up and down
when he saw O'Nora signal a fair ball. Wilkerson ran in to join
third baseman Tony Batista and Robinson, who came out of the dugout
to argue.

"I was close enough to see it, I don't need to see a replay,"
Wilkerson said. "I saw it hit the (back) wall and bounce back. I
looked down and he signaled fair ball and I was just caught by
surprise so I was just trying to get in there and give any help I
could to try to get the call right, and it didn't work."

O'Nora was joined by umpires Phil Cuzzi, Mike Fichter and Brian
Knight, who conferred but let the decision stand.

"I saw the umpire signal home run and that's all I really
(care) about, to tell you the truth," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire
said. "I didn't see it. I haven't looked at a replay. I'm not
really worried about it -- it's one point for us."

Robinson repeatedly berated the entire crew, continuing after he
returned to the dugout before he was ejected by crew chief Fichter,
the first base umpire.

Robinson came back out of the dugout to renew his dispute with
Fichter. The manager made a series of choking gestures before he
was ejected, bowing toward O'Nora to the applause of the tiny crowd
of 3,763.

"What can you do about it?" Robinson said. "Four guys out
there all saying that they saw it the same way -- you've got to be
kidding me! Didn't any of them see it the right way? That's the
key. I don't care how they saw it, all four may have seen it one
way, but it wasn't right."

Expos fans gave a mock cheer after every foul ball the rest of
the innings. Three fans were swarmed by security guards after the
game when they banged on the door to the umpire's room.

The umpires were not available for comment.

"I didn't even see the ball," Rivas said. "When I got to
first base I thought they would call it foul and when I saw the
umpire, he called it fair."

Juan Rincon (8-3) allowed one hit in two innings for the win.
Joe Nathan pitched the 11th for his 17th save in 18 opportunities.

Jeremy Fikac (0-2) allowed Rivas' homer to begin the 11th after
pitching a perfect 10th. The Expos dropped their fifth straight.

Chad Cordero allowed two runs in the ninth, blowing his first
save opportunity since replacing Rocky Biddle as Montreal's closer.

After drawing to 4-2 in the eighth on Cristian Guzman's triple
and Doug Mientkiewicz's sacrifice fly, Jacque Jones hit a one-out
homer off Cordero to make it 4-3.

Cordero walked Joe Mauer, and Michael Cuddyer doubled to put
runners at second and third. After pinch-hitter Matthew LeCroy
walked on four pitches to load the bases, Guzman hit a soft
grounder to shortstop Orlando Cabrera, whose only play was to throw
out Guzman at first while Rivas scored the tying run.

Nick Johnson's two-run homer capped a four-run sixth inning for
the Expos. Johnson hit his second homer of the season off Kyle
Lohse.

The Expos held a players-only meeting before the game after
being held to three runs in the four previous games, which included
two shutouts.

Doug Mientkiewicz hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth to draw the
Twins within two.

Corey Koskie hit an RBI single in the first for Minnesota as
three of the first four batters singled off Sun-woo Kim, who made
his first start in nearly a month.

Originally scheduled to start Thursday, Kim's return to the
rotation was moved up a day as Robinson decided to give Livan
Hernandez an extra day's rest. Kim, who struck out five, allowed
three hits and one run in five innings.

Lohse allowed six hits and four runs in six innings.

Game notes
Rivas, who entered as a pinch-runner in the ninth, was
taken out of the lineup just before the game because of an infected
left ring finger. ... It was Montreal's second-smallest crowd of
the season. The Expos drew 3,609 on May 5 for a 2-0 loss to
Colorado. ... Montreal is 0-5 in extra-inning games.