Expos 3, Astros 2, 10 innings
MONTREAL - Jose Macias hit his first homer of the season with one out in the 10th inning as the Montreal Expos extended their winning streak to three with a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday.
Macias hit Montreal’s fourth game-winning homer of the season. He connected off Billy Wagner (1-1), who was working his third inning of relief.
Rocky Biddle (2-1) pitched the 10th for the win as the NL East-leading Expos improved to 15-9, including a 4-1 mark at Olympic Stadium.
Jeff Bagwell went 2-for-5 to reach 2,000 career hits. Bagwell hit his ninth homer in the third off rookie Claudio Vargas and beat out an infield hit in the 10th to join Craig Biggio as the only Astros players to reach the milestone.
The Astros, who are 3-9 on a 13-game road trip, lost their fourth straight. Houston has lost 11 of 14 to fall three games under .500 after getting off to a 7-2 start.
Bagwell’s homer was one of just two hits allowed in six innings by Vargas, who was recalled from Triple-A Edmonton on Thursday.
Ron Calloway pinch-hit for Vargas with one out in the sixth after Macias hit a leadoff single and stole second.
Chavez fell behind 0-2 before hitting an RBI double to tie it at 1. After Jose Vidro was walked intentionally to load the bases, Calloway scored the go-ahead run on Guerrero’s fly.
The Eastern League’s pitcher of the week last week with Double-A Harrisburg, Vargas struck out seven and walked four in his major league debut.
Linebrink, whose 45 previous career appearances were all in relief, faced the minimum 15 batters through five despite allowing Chavez’s leadoff single in the fourth and Orlando Cabrera’s one-out hit in the fifth.
Perfect through three, Linebrink allowed a clean single to Chavez, who was caught stealing as the Astros pitched out on a 1-0 pitch to Vidro.
Linebrink got the next two outs to end the inning, and then got Fernando Tatis grounded into a double play following Cabrera’s single to end the fifth.
Notes: Biggio went 0-for-4 with a walk to remain at 2,320 career hits. … Ausmus’ RBI grounder cost Vargas a shot at becoming the first Expos pitcher to win his major league debut as a starter since Dan Smith beat Boston on June 8, 1999.