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Arizona Diamondbacks (8-13) at Montreal Expos (12-9), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Byung-Hyun Kim (1-3, 3.75)
Montreal - Javier Vazquez (2-1, 3.16)
(Sports Network) - The Arizona Diamondbacks send Byung-Hyun Kim to the mound
tonight, as they try to take the rubber contest of their three-game set with
the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium.
A win by Arizona today would give the D'Backs just their second series victory
in seven tries this season. Arizona took two of three from St. Louis last
Last night, Luis Gonzalez finished with three hits -- including a solo homer
-- and drove in a pair of runs to lead Arizona over Montreal, 6-2. Chad
Moeller and Steve Finley each added solo homers for the Diamondbacks, who
bounced back from a 4-0 loss to the Expos in game one on Tuesday night. The
Diamondbacks won for the fifth time in their last seven games.
Arizona starter Elmer Dessens pitched six innings for the win, while Livan
Hernandez suffered the loss.
Endy Chavez tripled and drove in a run for the Expos, who lost for the second
time in five games.
Kim is slated for his fifth start of the year. He picked up his first victory
of the season and his first of his career as a starter in a 4-3 triumph over
St. Louis on Saturday, tossing a career-high seven innings, allowing three
runs on five hits with three walks and a strikeout. Kim, who was Arizona's
closer last season, also had an RBI double in the game.
Kim, a 24-year-old righthander, is 2-1 with two saves and a 4.02 ERA
in 11 career relief appearances versus the Expos. In his last outing versus
Montreal, on July 30, 2002, he absorbed the loss after surrendering a 10th
inning walk-off homer to Vladimir Guerrero in the Expos' 5-4 win.
Countering for Montreal tonight will be righthander Javier Vazquez, who has
sparkled for the most part this season. He has struck out 37 batters while
walking just four, but has also surrendered four homers in his 25 2/3 innings
pitched. In his most recent outing, Saturday against Cincinnati, Vazquez
picked up the victory, allowing five hits and four runs in seven innings.
Vazquez is 4-3 lifetime in 11 starts against the Diamondbacks.
Expos catcher Michael Barrett is hitless in his last 22 at-bats.
After opening the year 7-for-21 (.333), Arizona third baseman Matt Williams is
in the midst of a 2-for-29 slide. He went 0-for-4 last night.
The Diamondbacks are in a stretch in which they play 28 in a row outside the
National League West. Arizona’s next NL West work will come on May 19 when the
defending league champion Giants come to Bank One Ballpark for a three-game
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