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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
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.
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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