Calloway proved to be the perfect fill-in for Guerrero, hitting a game-ending, two-run single with two outs in the 14th inning to lead Montreal over the Anaheim Angels 8-7 Thursday night.
Calloway also hit a three-run homer as the Expos won for just the second time in 10 games.
“It was ugly at the end but we figured a way to pull it out,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said.
They did it despite allowing the tying run to score on a strikeout in the ninth and committing two errors to set up Troy Glaus’ two-run single in the top of the 14th.
“We had a lot of opportunities tonight,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “They opened the door a bit for us. But when it was all said and done they came back and won the ballgame.”
With one out in the bottom half, Endy Chavez singled and Orlando Cabrera followed a slow roller down the third base line for an infield hit. Jose Vidro then hit an RBI single against Mickey Callaway (1-4).
After Brad Wilkerson struck out, Vidro stole second and Wil Cordero walked to load the bases. Calloway then lined a single to right field and Vidro beat Scott Spiezio’s throw, setting off a celebration.
“I didn’t want to lose my aggressiveness,” Calloway said. “Last night, he retired me with a changeup. In my mind I told myself he would come with the same pitch. He threw a strike and I hit it.”
Callaway, a starter most of his career, pitched for a third straight day for the first time in his career.
“It’s new—relieving,” he said. “It’s different for sure. I was pretty tired after last night.”
Joey Eischen (1-0), who was pitching his seventh straight game, went one inning for the win.
The game lasted 5 hours, 5 minutes.
Garret Anderson and Glaus hit RBI singles in the eighth inning as the Angels cut Montreal’s lead to 5-4. The Expos were hurt done in by a bad bounce in the ninth.
With runners on first and third and two outs, Rocky Biddle struck out DaVanon on a pitch in the dirt. But the ball bounced away from Michael Barrett, who had trouble picking it up and had no play as DaVanon reached first and Chone Figgins scored.
After the Angels hit 13 homers and scored 26 runs in winning the first two games of the series, it took a pitcher familiar with cozy Hiram Bithorn Stadium to quiet them.
Javier Vazquez, who grew up about an hour away in Ponce, allowed only solo homers to Anderson and Brad Fullmer. Vazquez allowed just one other hit and struck out 11 to move into second place in the majors with 97 Ks this season.
But the Expos’ bullpen cost him a win.
“I did my best to keep the team in the ballgame but there comes a point when you are tired of the same bad luck,” said Vazquez, who got his fifth no-decision of the season. “I wanted to continue in the ballgame but I threw a lot of pitches in the last three games. I accept the decision to take me out of the ballgame.”
The World Series champion Angels had a four-game winning streak snapped and failed to move three games over .500 for the first time this season.
The win was a rare bright spot for the Expos, whose recent slump was compounded by Guerrero’s back injury that will probably land him on the disabled list. The four-time All-Star has a herniated disc and will receive a second opinion next week.
But after Anaheim went ahead 1-0 in the second on Anderson’s fifth homer of the series, Calloway came through in the third.
Vidro, Wilkerson and Cordero hit consecutive two-out singles to tie the game at 1. Calloway hit the next pitch into the right-field seats, pumping his fist as soon as the ball left his bat.
The three-run shot gave the Expos their first lead in 34 innings since they were up 3-1 after five in the first game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia.
Fullmer’s solo homer with one out in the seventh cut it to 4-2, but Wilkerson added an RBI single in the seventh for Montreal.
The attendance of 10,598 was the biggest of the series, but lower than the average of 11,338 in Montreal. It was bigger than the three Thursday games atOlympic Stadium so far this season.