Even after their most lopsided win of the season, the Montreal Expos know they need to score more runs.
The lowest-scoring team in the major leagues will again try to get its offense on track when it opens a four-game series against the San Diego Padres.
The Expos snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Their previous four wins were all by one run.
Montreal has scored only 34 runs in 19 games and their 5-14 start remains the worst in team history.
Manager Frank Robinson said the Expos need more hits like Cepicky’s.
“That’s what we’ve been missing quite a bit of, the big hit, and he got it for us today,” Robinson said. “It picks everybody up because you’re wondering if you’re ever going to score. We weren’t giving ourselves many opportunities and that was one, and you wondered if that might be the last one you would have for the day if you don’t take advantage of it.”
The Padres return to Petco Park after going 4-3 on their recently completed road trip. They closed it with a 12-7 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Third baseman Sean Burroughs, who turned his left ankle Saturday, was supposed to sit out, but he struck out as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning. He expects to be back in the lineup Monday.
Burroughs hurt his ankle in the third inning Saturday, overswinging at a knuckleball by Steve Sparks.
“Looking at the replay, I’m lucky I didn’t break it,” Burroughs said. “I nearly swung myself into the ground.”