Expos 8, Marlins 2

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MONTREAL (AP)—Livan Hernandez gave his new team still more innings while giving his old team very little.

Hernandez pitched his first complete game for the Expos, and Endy Chavez hit a three-run double as Montreal beat the Florida Marlins 8-2 Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep.

Hernandez (4-2)—the 1997 World Series MVP with Florida—scattered seven hits, struck out four and walked one in his 24th complete game.

“I’m the kind of pitcher who throws a lot of pitches in the game, and I like to go a little farther in the game—that’s me,” said Hernandez, who threw 124 pitches.

Hernandez, who was acquired from the Giants on March 23, has gone at least six innings in eight straight starts since a five-inning outing in New York on April 6 in his Expos debut.

He also had an RBI single for Montreal, which has swept six series this season.

“I’m not counting,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said about the sweeps, which tied Minnesota for most in the majors. “We still have a long way to go.”

The Expos got their 30th win in their 47th game, the fastest the team has reached 30 wins in its 35-year history. Montreal has won eight of 10, and 12 of 16 overall.

“It was a game where there wasn’t a lot of tension in it,” Robinson said. “It was kind of even on defense, we made the plays that were hit to us and we made some nice plays out there, and Livan did an excellent job on the mound. The offense was cooking from early in the ballgame to right on through to the end.”

Florida has lost six straight, dropping to 3-7 under new manager Jack McKeon. The Marlins were swept in Los Angeles last weekend.

“I haven’t got too much to say,” McKeon said. “Just use what I gave you yesterday.”

Michael Tejera (0-3), moved into the rotation May 4, allowed seven runs and nine hits in four-plus innings.

“I left a couple of pitches out and they hit them,” Tejera said. “We’ve just got to bounce back. We’re in a big slump but we’ve got to get ready for tomorrow.”

Montreal took a 4-0 lead with two outs in the second on Chavez’s double and Jose Vidro’s RBI single. Jamey Carroll hit an RBI double in the third.

The Marlins scored in the fourth on Juan Encarnacion’s RBI grounder, which followed Mike Lowell’s leadoff single and Derrek Lee’s double.

Montreal added two more runs in the fifth on Carroll’s sacrifice fly and Hernandez’s single, and Brian Schneider hit an RBI single in the seventh.

Alex Gonzalez hit a run-scoring single for Florida in the ninth.


Marlins LF Todd Hollandsworth missed his second straight start because of tightness in his right hamstring. … The sweep is Montreal’s first at Olympic Stadium. … Hernandez, who began his career with Florida, pitched five complete games with San Francisco last season. … Expos 3B Fernando Tatis missed his fourth straight start because of a strained left groin, and C Michael Barrett (bruised right index finger) and LF Brad Wilkerson (right eyeinfection) each missed their third game in a row.

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