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MONTREAL (AP)—Not having to face Barry Bonds has been a bonus for the Montreal Expos, who still have their former manager’s number.

Zach Day pitched seven shutout innings and hit an RBI single, leading Montreal to a 4-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night.

Vladimir Guerrero went 2-for-3, including a two-run double in the fourth inning, as Montreal moved to 5-0 against Felipe Alou’s NL West leaders this season.

“We’ve just been very fortunate against a good ballclub to get well-pitched ballgames against them,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said. “We’ve got some timely hitting and scored some runs. You’re always on your toes until the game’s over against that ballclub. They can break out of it at any time.”

San Francisco played its second game in a row without Bonds, who is on bereavement leave to be with his ailing father.

The Giants, who arrived in Montreal at 5 a.m. on Friday, fell to 0-4 on a road trip that was shortened to six games when Thursday’s game in New York was postponed by the Northeast blackout.

“We’re a little tired—we looked tired,” said Alou, who managed the Expos from 1992-01. “We miss Barry, but even when Barry was here we still weren’t scoring that many runs. He was hitting home runs and doing his thing but we weren’t getting a whole lot from the rest of the guys.”

Day (7-4) scattered four hits, improving to 3-0 in his last four starts.

“I felt comfortable out there,” Day said. “The sinker was working and I was throwing my breaking ball for strikes. I kept the ball down today and when I do that, it’s pretty good for the sinker.”

Luis Ayala allowed a two-out RBI single to Edgardo Alfonzo in the ninth before Rocky Biddle retired Neifi Perez on one pitch for his 29th save in 34 chances.

“That’s the first time it’s ever happened to me,” Biddle said of his quickest save. “It’s a good feeling. We’re on a good roll right now.”

Giants center fielder Marquis Grissom was sent for X-rays after he was hit on the left hand by a pitch leading off the fourth. He left the game after J.T. Snow grounded into a double play and was taken to a hospital.

Trainer Stan Conte said that preliminary X-rays showed no fracture, adding that the tests would be reviewed further by doctors.

Jason Schmidt (12-5) had his four-game winning streak snapped. He allowed nine hits and four runs in 4 1-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

Schmidt skipped his last start because of a tender right elbow that has bothered him since the All-Star break.

“I felt good actually, I was kind of surprised,” Schmidt said. “For a few innings I think I was a little nervous to let it go. I just couldn’t throw strikes, couldn’t put the ball where I wanted to.”

Wil Cordero doubled to the left-field corner leading off the second. One out later, Brian Schneider hit an RBI triple to make it 1-0.

Day, who entered with just one hit in 29 at-bats (.034), hit a run-scoring single to right past a drawn-in infield for his second RBI of the season.

“That was really a surprise,” Robinson said. “I almost fell over when that ball went through. He usually doesn’t make that kind of contact but that was certainly a big hit and a big RBI in a tough situation, and that really set up the game for us.”

Montreal chased Schmidt, whose previous shortest outing was 4 2-3 innings on May 11, in the fifth.

Brad Wilkerson and Jose Vidro singled to open the inning. Wilkerson broke from second as Schmidt pitched to Guerrero, who hit a liner to the wall in left-center as Wilkerson slid headfirst into third before getting up to trot home. Vidro scored behind him.

One out later, Ron Calloway walked and Alou summoned Kevin Correia toreplace Schmidt, who had won seven of his previous eight starts.


Alou was given a standing ovation from the Olympic Stadium crowd of 16,446 before the game when the Expos presented him with a plaque in recognition of his 27 years of service to the organization. … LF Tony Torcato finally joined the Giants after arriving on a flight from Hartford, Conn. Torcato, who entered the game after Grissom was removed, spent 27 hours in a terminal at New York’s JFK airport after he was recalled from Triple-A Fresno and stranded during the blackout Thursday. “There were a lot of people laying around and sleeping all day,” Torcato said. “It was crazy.” … The Expos have a Dennis Martinez bobblehead promotion for Sunday’s game, when they will randomly distribute 5,000 dolls in his likeness sporting the powder blue Expos uniform he wore when he pitched his perfect game in Los Angeles on July 28,1991.

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