The Expos erased a three-run deficit in the seventh inning Saturday to beat the Dodgers 6-5. Montreal scored its fourth run of the inning and took the lead when reliever Paul Quantrill’s pitch grazed Vladimir Guerrero’s arm with the bases loaded.
“The great thing about today is that we came back and we held onto it,” said Expos catcher Michael Barrett, who started the four-run rally with an RBI single.
One day earlier in the series opener, Montreal came back from four runs down to tie the game in the seventh inning, but Los Angeles answered with four in the eighth to win 9-5.
In their three-game sweep of San Diego earlier this week, the Expos got two wins with late rallies. They scored three runs in the sixth to beat San Diego 4-2 on Tuesday, then scored three in the 10th in Wednesday’s 12-9 victory.
Montreal’s offense has come alive, scoring 35 runs over the last four games after totaling just 31 in the previous nine.
Conversely, Los Angeles pitchers have allowed 11 runs in the first two games of this series after surrendering just 13 in their previous two series combined.
Fred McGriff, however, is doing his part to keep the Dodgers winning following a slow start.
He homered for the second straight game Saturday, giving the veteran first baseman 483 for his career. McGriff was batting .177 through his first 17 games with Los Angeles, but has raised his average nearly 100 points in the last three weeks.
The Dodgers are looking to avoid losing a series for the first time since dropping two of three to Cincinnati from April 22-24. They have since won 10 of 15 games.
Los Angeles takes on Atlanta on Monday in the opener of a nine-game homestand.
STANDINGS (through May 9): Dodgers - 2nd place, 7 GB, NL West. Expos - 2nd place, 2 GB, NL East.
DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Odalis Perez (1-2, 3.07 ERA). The Dominican left-hander lost his last outing despite a decent performance, giving up three runs and nine hits over six innings in Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat to the New York Mets. He has allowed three runs or fewer in five straight starts. He’s 1-1 with a 4.06 ERA in seven career games against Montreal.
EXPOS PROBABLE STARTER: Livan Hernandez (3-1, 4.14 ERA). Hernandez has won his last two starts, surrendering five runs over 14 innings with two walks and nine strikeouts. The Cuban right-hander has given up three runs or fewer in four of his six starts. He is 5-9 with a 4.82 ERA lifetime against the Dodgers.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Dodgers - Brian Jordan, .299 avg.; McGriff, 5 HRs and 18 RBIs; Dave Roberts, 20 runs and 15 SBs. Expos - Jose Vidro, .341 avg.; Guerrero, 6 HRs and 25 runs; Brad Wilkerson, 27 RBIs; Guerrero and Endy Chavez, 4 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 1-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Dodgers - C Paul Lo Duca has seven multihit games in his last 11 contests. … 3B Adrian Beltre is a career .405 hitter (15-for-37) against RHP Hernandez. … RHP Quantrill has not been charged with an earned run in his last 15 appearances. Expos - RHP Orlando Hernandez, already on the disabled list because of rotator cuff problems, will have surgery on his right shoulder and is expected to miss up to three months. … SS Orlando Cabrera is batting .452 (14-for-31) with eight RBIs and eight runs scored in May. … OF Wil Cordero is 16-for-28 (.571) over the last eight games. … RF Guerrero is 2-for-15 (.133) lifetime against LHP Perez.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Dodgers - 10-11 on the road; Expos - 14-7 at home.
INJURIES: Dodgers - C Todd Hundley (neck), 15-day DL; OF Chad Hermansen (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Paul Shuey (knee), 15-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL. Expos - 3B Fernando Tatis (virus), day-to-day; RHP Tony Armas Jr. (rotator cuff), 15-day DL; RHP Orlando Hernandez (rotator cuff), 15-day DL.