Javier Vazquez had one of his worst starts of the season on Monday.
After allowing no more than three earned runs in six consecutive starts, the 27-year-old right-hander struggled with his command on Monday, giving up eight runs—four earned—and 12 hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 10-8 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
The Expos will look for a much stronger effort from Vazquez as they try to extend their winning streak to three games.
Jamey Carroll also added his first homer of the season, hitting a shot off the speaker that is suspended 120 feet above the field for an automatic homer.
“I got some good wood on it and thought it may have a chance,” Carroll said. “When I came around first I saw the umpire give the home run signal. I don’t hit them enough to be able to stand there—I’ve got to still run.”
The Expos are tied for fifth in the National League wild-card race, six games behind leader Philadelphia.
Before coming to Montreal, the Brewers had taken three of four from the New York Mets. They are now 3-5 on their 10-game road trip.
STANDINGS: Brewers - 6th place, 15 GB, NL Central. Expos - 4th place, 16 1/2 GB, NL East.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: David Manning (no record). Called up when the Brewers placed Glendon Rusch on the disabled list earlier this week, Manning will be making his major league debut. In 22 games with Triple-A Indianapolis, the 30-year-old right-hander was 6-7 with a 4.64 ERA. He struck out 73 and walked 56 in 95 innings.
EXPOS PROBABLE STARTER: Vazquez (8-7, 3.77 ERA). In 12 career games against the Brewers, Vazquez is 4-5 with a 5.80 ERA.
SEASON SERIES: Expos, 4-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - CF Podsednik is batting .333 (9-for-27) during a six-game hitting streak. … 3B Wes Helms did not play Friday after aggravating a right hamstring injury on Thursday. … The Brewers are 5-52 when trailing after seven innings. Expos - RF Vladimir Guerrero has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, batting .413 (12-for-29) in that span. … RHP Vazquez is batting .125 (5-for-40) this season. … C Brian Schneider is 6-for-30 (.200) since the All-Star break.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Brewers - 25-30 on the road; Expos - 34-22 at home.
INJURIES: Brewers - RHP Jayson Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Matt Ford (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Ruben Quevedo (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Rusch (groin), 15-day DL. Expos - C Michael Barrett (hip), 15-day DL; INF Fernando Tatis (chest), 15-day DL; RHP Orlando Hernandez (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Dan Smith (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Scott Stewart (appendicitis), 15-day DL; RHP Tony Armas Jr. (shoulder), 60-day DL.