Chris Nabholz had a season-high seven strikeouts in five scoreless
innings and the Montreal Expos turned a triple play in defeated the Florida
Marlins 7-1 Wednesday night at Miami.
The victory was the 91st for the Expos, who tied the 1987 club for the
franchise's second-best record. With four games to play, Montreal can tie
the 1975 franchise record of 95 victories.
Nabholz (9-8) allowed three hits and three walks to win
for the fourth time in five starts. In those four wins,
Nabholz has an ERA of 1.00 over 27 innings.
Jeff Shaw pitched 1 2/3 innings, and Mel Rojas retired all
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seven batters he faced to finish for the Expos. The three
pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts.
Mike Lansing had three hits and two RBI for Montreal.
Florida starter Chris Hammond (11-12) took the loss, allowing
four runs in 4 2-3 innings.
The Expos turned their second triple play of the season
- the fourth in the major leagues - in the third inning.
Walt Weiss and Hammond walked to start the inning, and with
a 3-2 count on Chuck Carr, were running on the pitch.
Carr hit a line drive that third baseman Sean Berry speared with a lunge.
Berry threw to second baseman Lansing, who doubled up Weiss and threw to
first baseman Randy Ready to get Hammond.
Berry strained a muscle in his right rib cage on the play and was
pinch-hit for the next inning by Charlie Montoyo, who later would also leave
the game with a strained rib cage.
Montreal took a 2-0 lead in the third on Tim Spehr's infield
hit, Marquis Grissom's RBI double and Lansing's RBI single.
Montoyo added a two-run double in the fifth to make it 4-0.
Pirates 9, Phillies 1
Dave Clark and Al Martin drove in three runs each in Philadelphia's
first game after clinching the NL East.
Both teams played lineups filled with rookies and reserve players. Kevin
Foster (0-1) gave up eight runs in four innings in his first major league
start.Bob Walk (13-14) allowed one run in five innings to win for the third
time in 11 decisions.
Giants 6, Rockies 4
Late Tuesday, San Francisco, who trailed the Braves by four
games on Sept. 17, won their seventh in a row and 11th in
their last 12 games after losing eight straight.
Padres 11, Reds 4
Late Tuesday, Ricky Gutierrez and Archi Cianfrocco each
homered in San Diego's seven-run sixth inning to beat Cincinnati
at Jack Murphy Stadium.
Gutierrez hit a two-run homer, his sixth, off reliever Ross
Powell (0-2) to break a 4-4 tie and help the Padres end
a six-game losing streak, one short of their season high.
Dodgers 6, Cubs 5
Late Tuesday at Los Angeles, Mike Piazza tied a 65-year-old Dodgers
franchise record for RBI by a rookie, increasing his total to 106 with a
two-run single as Los Angeles beat Chicago.