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National League Game Summary - Houston at Montreal
(Friday, April 25th)
Final Score: Montreal 10, Houston 2
Montreal, Quebec (Sports Network) - Zach Day tossed eight scoreless innings
before losing his shutout in the ninth to lead Montreal over Houston, 10-2,
in the first game of a three-game set at Olympic Stadium.
Day (2-1), who moved up one day in the rotation since Tony Armas Jr. was
placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, earned the win after yielding
just two runs in 8 1/3 innings. The 24-year-old righthander also surrendered
six hits and five walks, while striking out four before coming within two outs
of his first career shutout.
Wil Cordero homered and finished with two hits, two RBI and two runs scored
for the Expos, who won for the fifth time in seven games. Orlando Cabrera also
tallied two hits, two RBI and two runs scored as Montreal pounded out 14 hits.
Richard Hidalgo and Gregg Zaun each scored a run for the Astros, who have
dropped five of their last six games.
The Expos scored four runs in the bottom of the first and they never looked
back. Endy Chavez led off with a double and scored when Jose Vidro followed
with a double to left. The next batter, Vladimir Guerrero, walked and he raced
home behind Vidro courtesy of a two-base hit by Cabrera. Still with no outs,
Fernando Tatis drove Cabrera around on a single up the middle.
Jeriome Robertson (1-3) suffered the defeat and is now winless in his last
three outings. The Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year in 2002 was
tagged for six runs on six hits and two walks in just three innings of work.
In the third, the Expos increased their edge to 6-0 on a two-run homer by
Cordero. His second shot of the season to left-center also plated Cabrera, who
got aboard with a single.
Montreal added another run in the fourth as it took advantage of a lead-off
single by Chavez. The centerfielder got pushed to second on a walk to Vidro
and he advanced to third on a Guerrero base hit before crossing the plate when
Cabrera grounded into a double play.
The Expos capped off their scoring with three runs on four hits in the
seventh. Cordero drew a one-out walk and moved to third after back-to-back
singles by Brad Wilkerson and Michael Barrett. Cordero came home on a Day
groundout, Wilkerson scored on a Chavez single and Henry Mateo drove in
Barrett with another base hit.
In the top of the ninth, the shutout was lost when Octavio Dotel brought
around Hidalgo with an infield single and Zaun scored on an error by Jamey
Day and Mateo each picked up their first career RBI...The Astros are two games
under .500 for the first time this season...Montreal's Claudio Vargas will
make his major league debut on the mound Saturday.
04/25 22:08:32 ET
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