Washington (24-48) at Toronto (33-41)

  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun Jun 27, 2004
  • TV: RSN
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Pat Hentgen will try to snap a career high-tying five-game losing streak and help the Toronto Blue Jays complete a sweep of the worst team in baseball when they conclude their interleague series with the visiting Montreal Expos.

Hentgen, the AL Cy Young Award winner in 1996, hasn’t won since a 9-3 victory at Kansas City on May 10. The 35-year-old right-hander suffered his fifth straight defeat with Tuesday’s 5-1 home loss to Tampa Bay, allowing four runs and five hits over five innings. The 14-year veteran also walked a season-high five and didn’t have a strikeout.

“It was pretty much a grind,” said Hentgen, who also dropped five in a row from May 23-June 28, 2003. “I didn’t have command.”

The Blue Jays are going for their first home sweep of the Expos since 1998 thanks to Saturday’s 10-5 victory.

Miguel Batista allowed three runs over seven innings, and Frank Menechino and Reed Johnson hit home runs as Toronto won for the fourth time in its last six overall.

“It’s huge for us to get off to a good start,” Johnson said. “We had good success offensively and Batista was huge for us.”

The Expos, who are playing .333 baseball, have lost five straight road games and 10 of 14 overall.

Montreal, which entered Saturday’s game with the fewest errors in the majors, committed a season-high three.

“You don’t like to see that, but it happens,” Montreal manager Frank Robinson said of the miscues. “Hopefully, it’s out of our system for a while.”

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L. Hernandez MIL vs. P. Hentgen TOR
11-15 Record 2-9
3.60 ERA 6.95
186 K 33
83 BB 42
1.24 WHIP 1.64