Hubie Brooks singled home Andre Dawson with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning last night in Montreal to lift the Expos to a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets and into a virtual first-place tie with the Chicago Cubs in the East Division.

Montreal (36-25) has won four straight. The Cubs (34-23) have lost their last four games. Chicago still leads by .006 percentage points.

Dawson doubled off starter and loser Sid Fernandez (1-4) with two out, and Brooks, a former Met, followed with a single over left fielder George Foster's head. Rookie Tim Burke (2-0) pitched the ninth for the victory.

Dan Driessen tied the score, 2-2, for the Expos in the eighth with his sixth home run of the season.

The Mets had taken a 1-0 lead in the second off starter Dan Schatzeder on an RBI single by Ray Knight.

New York's Mookie Wilson led off the third with a single and Kelvin Chapman grounded into a fielder's choice. Chapman stole second and took third on Keith Hernandez's grounder to the mound. First baseman Driessen threw wildly past third in an attempt to get Chapman, allowing him to score.

Montreal made it 2-1 in the fourth on Vance Laws homer.