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National League Game Summary - Arizona at Montreal

(Thursday, April 24th)

Final Score: Montreal 1, Arizona 0

Montreal, Quebec (Sports Network) - Vladimir Guerrero belted a solo homer and Javier Vazquez pitched seven shutout innings, as Montreal eked out a 1-0 victory over Arizona in the rubber contest of a three-game set at Olympic Stadium.

Vazquez (3-1) allowed just six hits and a walk while striking out nine for the Expos, who took two-of-three from Arizona and won for the sixth time in eight games. He also provided one of Montreal's three hits in the contest, a one-out single in the sixth.

Rocky Biddle retired two batters in the ninth inning for his fifth save.

Arizona starter Byung-Hyun Kim suffered the loss despite pitching extremely well. Kim (1-4) struck out five and walked two in seven innings for Arizona, which lost for just the third time in its last eight games.

Both starters were pitching flawlessly until Kim surrendered a leadoff solo homer to Guerrero in the bottom of the seventh. Guerrero belted a 2-2 pitch into the seats in left field for his fifth home run of the season and only the third hit allowed by Kim in the game.

The Diamondbacks blew their best chance to score early in the game when Luis Gonzalez stroked a double to center field and Carlos Baerga was thrown out at home trying to score from first base. Baerga had drawn a one-out walk.

Arizona made it past second base just twice after that, but each time Vazquez was able to escape the inning with strikeouts.

Game Notes

The Diamondbacks have won just one series thus far this season, taking two of three from St. Louis last weekend. They are currently 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 series...Montreal leads the league with five team shutouts.

04/25 03:35:01 ET

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