Expos 4, Brewers 2
Hernandez pitched seven strong innings and four Expos hit RBI singles as Montreal extended its winning streak to four with a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
Hernandez (11-7), who went the distance in a 2-1 loss to St. Louis on Tuesday, scattered five hits and allowed only Royce Clayton’s solo homer in the fourth.
“Last time, we wasted a good performance by him,” Expos shortstop Orlando Cabrera said. “This time we put a couple of hits together and scored a lot of runs for him, enough runs for him to win the game.”
Hernandez, 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA in six July starts, left after pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh after Wilkerson’s sixth-inning single off Ben Sheets (10-8) broke a 1-1 tie.
“Another solid outing—just a fantastic performance, especially late in the ballgame with the bases loaded,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said.
The Expos won the season series 6-0, finishing 8-4 on a season-high 12-game homestand at Olympic Stadium.
“It turned out to be a very good homestand,” Robinson said. “It’s exactly what we needed, a shot in the arm, and hopefully we can carry this over to the road.”
The Brewers, who have lost four of five, ended a 3-7 road trip.
Geoff Jenkins led off the Milwaukee seventh with a double off the center-field wall and, one out later, Vander Wal walked. Hernandez got Keith Ginter to hit a soft grounder to shortstop Cabrera, who misplayed the ball for an error to load the bases.
“I was looking for something in the seventh,” Hernandez said. “I tried for a couple of strikeouts and it just happened, and I think that inning was the ballgame.”
Montreal added two more in the seventh off Valerio De Los Santos. Henry Mateo hit a one-out triple and, one out later, scored to make it 3-1 as Chavez hit a high chopper off home plate and beat De Los Santos’ throw for an infield single.
Sheets, 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA in his three previous starts, came up with a solid effort, going six innings despite feeling under the weather.
“He’s been fighting a cold and has had diarrhea and a stomach virus,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “He was at 85 pitches and I think given the circumstances, he about had it.”
He allowed six hits and two runs in six innings, losing for just the second time in nine starts.
“I felt better as the game went along,” Sheets said. “I’m not frustrated. We’re battling out there.”
Chavez singled in the first and advanced on Jamey Carroll’s sacrifice. One out later, Guerrero singled to drive in Montreal’s first run.
In the second, Guerrero threw out Vander Wal at second base when he tried to stretch a one-out single into the right-field corner.
Guerrero, who missed 39 games because of a herniated disc, has six assiststhis season.
The Brewers have not won at Olympic Stadium since Aug. 11, 2001. … 1B Richie Sexson hit .441 (15-for-34) with two homers and seven RBIs on Milwaukee’s 10-game road trip. … Brewers 3B Wes Helms missed his third straight start because of a strained hamstring. … Guerrero stole second after his first-inning single for his sixth steal of the season, and first since he was activated from the disabled list on July 21. … Expos 2B Jose Vidro missed his second straight start—and seventh in 11 games—because of inflammationin his right knee.