Montreal’s bullpen has been a huge part of its recent success.
Backed by the strong work of their relievers, the Expos will try to complete just their second four-game winning streak of the season when they close out a weekend series with the Florida Marlins at Olympic Stadium.
Montreal relievers have pitched 18 innings this week, allowing 17 hits and just one unearned run, helping the Expos to four victories, including their current three-game win streak. The Expos have won three straight games for the first time since June 19-22 after Saturday’s 6-2 win over the Marlins.
“That was huge because now he’s at third base and we can get him in with a sacrifice fly, basehit, error, passed ball or whatever,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said. “He was going for three from the time he hit the ball and that’s the only way you’re going to make it. It was a big hit and a big play, and Carroll did a good job of getting him in.”
Montreal was finally able to break through against Florida’s Dontrelle Willis, who hadn’t allowed a run in his two previous starts against the Expos this season.
Willis allowed three runs—two earned—and three hits in six innings.
“It was still our game to win even after that inning,” Willis said. “We were right there and they just put another surge to go up on top. I just want to keep the team close where we can get a late-inning charge and win.”
Montreal last won four in a row from May 14-18.
The Marlins, who had won three of four coming into this series, dropped 3 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East.