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Young loses No. 23

Anthony Young, the pitcher who just cannot win, reached the record that no one ever wanted.

He lost his 23rd straight decision Tuesday night, tying Cliff Curtis' 82-year-old record, in the New York Mets' 6-3 loss to the Montreal Expos.

"I'm embarrassed because I know I'm a better pitcher than that," Young said. "You saw the game."

Young (0-9) asked a large group of reporters. "Am I that bad?"

Young gave up six runs on six hits in six innings, and fell behind 6-0. Not since Curtis struggled for Boston of the National League in 1910-11 has a pitcher faced such futility.

Once again, the Mets didn't give Young much help. They made four errors, two leading to a three-run second inning, and left the bases loaded twice without scoring early in the game.

Young, who has been the victim of 12 unearned runs during the streak, is 0-11 as a starter and 0-12 in relief. The Mets have been outscored 124-63 during the run. Mets manager Dallas Green, however, says Young, who's making $205,000 this season, will stay in the rotation until at least the All-Star break. His next start will be against the Marlins.

It has now been 59 straight games since the Mets won two in a row on April 16-17. The all-time record is 80 by the Philadelphia Athletics in 1915.

Young lost to Montreal for the fifth time during the streak. The Expos also were the last team he beat, on April 19, 1992.

From the start, it was not his night. Delino DeShields grounded Young's first pitch up the middle, and rookie second baseman Doug Saunders had the ball bounce off his glove on a play scored as a hit.

Errors by first baseman Eddie Murray and Saunders led to pitcher Chris Nabholz's RBI grounder and DeShields' two-run single in the second.

An error by shortstop Tim Bogar helped the Expos score two more runs in the fifth. Moises Alou homered in the sixth.