Expos win what could be final game in Montreal

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2002

MONTREAL -- Playing what may wind up to be major league baseball's final game in Montreal, Bartolo Colon pitched a two-hitter for his first NL shutout to lead the Expos over the San Diego Padres 4-0 Monday.

Commissioner Bud Selig wants to eliminate two clubs before next season and the Expos, owned by the other 29 franchises, are one of the targeted teams.

The Expos, who joined the National League in 1969, start a nine-game trip at Colorado on Tuesday and are not scheduled to play at home until Aug. 30, the date players have set for their strike.

Colon (6-2) gave up just two hits, Deivi Cruz's single leading off the third and Bubba Trammell's single in the eighth.

Braves 7, Rockies 6

ATLANTA -- Gary Sheffield and Chipper Jones hit back-to-back homers leading off the bottom of the ninth inning, rallying the Atlanta Braves over the Colorado Rockies.

Jones homered twice in the final two innings, starting the eighth with a drive into the seats that launched a three-run rally tying the game at 5.

The Braves, playing their final home game before the Aug. 30 strike date, snapped their first two-game losing streak in more than a month.

The Rockies took a 6-5 lead when Greg Norton hit a two-out, run-scoring double off John Smoltz (3-2) in the top of the ninth.

Giants 3, Marlins 0

MIAMI -- Livan Hernandez pitched a five-hitter for his first victory since July 12, and the slumping San Francisco Giants mustered five hits to beat the Florida Marlins.

Hernandez (8-13) struck out eight and walked two. The right-hander had been 0-3 in six starts since shutting out Colorado 9-0.

The Giants had lost four straight, matching a season high. They avoided their first four-game series sweep since July 4-7, 1996 at San Diego.

Astros 7, Reds 5

CINCINNATI -- Lance Berkman hit a two-run homer and Wade Miller got his eighth straight win, leading the Houston Astros over the Cincinnati Reds.

Berkman's shot in the third off knuckleballer Jared Fernandez (1-3) completed a four-run third inning and extended his career-long success against the Reds.

Richard Hidalgo had a solo shot off Fernandez and Miller (11-3) singled in a run as the Astros improved to 9-5 against the Reds this season. Jeff Bagwell added his 24th homer, off Danny Graves in the eighth.

Ken Griffey Jr. hit a pinch three-run homer with no outs in the ninth off Ricky Stone, cutting it to 7-4. Griffey has been out of the starting lineup for the last four games with a sore left thigh.

Cardinals 7, Pirates 2

ST. LOUIS -- Andy Benes kept his second-half comeback rolling, allowing two hits in seven scoreless innings in the St. Louis Cardinals' victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Albert Pujols drove in four runs for the Cardinals, who have won nine of 10 and lead the NL Central by five games over Houston. Pujols hit a three-run homer off Kip Wells (11-11) in the third inning, his 29th, after getting a sacrifice fly in the first.



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