Colorado (12-14) at Washington (7-21)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Montreal, QC
Temp: 75° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Thu May 6, 2004
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An outing against the offensively challenged Montreal Expos might be exactly what struggling starter Scott Elarton needs.

Looking for his first win since September, Elarton will look to avoid an 0-5 start when the Colorado Rockies close out their three-game set in Montreal.

The 6-foot-8 right-hander is 0-4 with a 9.88 ERA and has not won since Sept. 19. Elarton has allowed at least five runs in every start this season, and has surrendered 11 runs in 12 innings over his last two outings.

Elarton was knocked around for five runs and six hits over six innings, but escaped without the loss in the Rockies’ 11-7 defeat to Atlanta on Saturday

Fortunately for Elarton, the Expos give few pitchers trouble. Montreal has scored a league-low 65 runs to go along with a .221 team batting average.

Although the Expos had their best offensive game of the season on Tuesday in a 10-2 win in the series opener, their anemic hitting returned in Wednesday’s 2-0 loss.

Joe Kennedy gave Colorado’s new four-man rotation a great start, allowing one hit over six innings. The Rockies went into the game with a major league-high 6.38 ERA, prompting manager Clint Hurdle to change the configuration of his rotation for the rest of the month.

The Rockies have won two of three and have alternated wins and losses over their last nine games, dating to a 4-1 victory over Houston on April 29.

Montreal, which managed just five hits Wednesday and has been shut out nine times this season, has dropped seven of nine.

“It’s not how many hits you get, it’s when you get them,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said. “We were kind of shut down tonight but we still had opportunities to win the ballgame and we just didn’t come through.”

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S. Elarton Min vs. L. Hernandez Mil
3-11 Record 11-15
5.90 ERA 3.60
103 K 186
62 BB 83
1.42 WHIP 1.24