Expos 12, Phillies 1
MONTREAL (AP)—The Montreal Expos are hanging in the NL wild-card race.
Hernandez (14-7) struck out nine and walked one in his 30th career complete game, improving to 4-0 in five August starts.
“The team’s very excited about playing four games here against Philadelphia,” Hernandez said. “Everybody tried to play the best they can, and the team came in today and hit a lot.”
The Expos, who went 2-4 on a West Coast trip, drew within three games of Philadelphia and Florida in the NL wild-card standings as they began a stretch of 13 straight games against those two rivals.
“I think we stepped up to the challenge,” second baseman Jose Vidro said. “We got here late (Sunday) night, and I guess it didn’t affect us because we came out with a lot of energy. The guys were very excited to go out there. Before the game you could see the adrenaline going. That’s what it’s all about, these types of games and these types of situations.”
The Phillies dropped to 1-6 on a season-high, 13-game road trip.
“As bad as we’re playing, as bad as we’re going, we’re tied for first in the wild card,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.
Randy Wolf (12-9) gave up nine runs and six hits in 1 2-3 innings, the shortest of 137 career starts.
“It’s going to be a long four days,” Wolf said, already looking ahead to his next outing.
In his previous start, he allowed seven runs over 4 1-3 innings of a 10-1 loss at Milwaukee.
“He’s struggling right now,” Bowa said. “No one feels worse than he does.”
The game drew 30,501, Montreal’s highest home attendance since May 24. The Expos offered $3.50 tickets and had a 70-cent hot dogs promotion.
“It was tremendous to see them out here tonight,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said. “And with the enthusiasm they had, they certainly had a hand in the win tonight.”
A spectator ran on the field in the eighth inning and dived into second base, drawing a roar from the crowd. The fan, who wore a yellow helmet and an orange jumpsuit, was escorted off the field by two security guards.
Guerrero had a three-run homer in the first. He hit his 226th homer Thursday in Los Angeles to pass Andre Dawson as Montreal’s career home-run leader, and received repeated ovations Monday.
Wil Cordero doubled twice, including a three-run drive in the second over center fielder Marlon Byrd that followed a bases-loaded walk to Guerrero. Jose Macias hit a two-run double later in the inning, putting Montreal ahead 9-0 and chasing Wolf.
“We did what we needed to do in this first ballgame, get out there, get ahead, give our pitcher a cushion to work with, then add a couple later on,” Robinson said.
Phillies reliever Carlos Silva hit a run-scoring double in the fifth, his first career RBI.
Jose Vidro had an RBI single in the sixth, and two more runs scored when Todd Zeile’s hard grounder to Placido Polanco went off the third baseman’sglove and rolled to the wall in left-center for a three-base error.
The Expos sold 16,500 tickets Monday, including 13,500 as walkups prior to the game and during the early innings. … Wolf had never gone less than three innings previously in his career. He also allowed nine runs—eight earned—against San Diego on Aug. 10, 2000. … The Expos are 5-0 this seasonwhen drawing 20,000 or more to Olympic Stadium.