Expos 7, Diamondbacks 3
Schneider’s grand slam capped Montreal’s six-run outburst in the fourth inning, and the Expos extended the Arizona Diamondbacks’ losing streak to six with a 7-3 victory Wednesday night.
Patterson, acquired from Arizona in March, took a shutout into the seventh and won for the first time in more than four months to help Montreal extend its winning streak to four.
“Schneider and I worked really good tonight and everything turned out good,” Patterson said. “It feels good.”
The Diamondbacks fell to a major league-worst 35-80, becoming the first team to reach 80 losses. Arizona, outscored 43-16 during its losing streak, has lost 25 of 29 and 43 of 52.
“I know we are a young team, but I don’t want to use that excuse any more,” Diamondbacks manager Al Pedrique said. “We still have to find a way to compete and find a way to get something going. We played well against the Marlins back home. The offense responded and we got some timely hitting and we have to find a way to do it again.”
Patterson (2-2), who returned July 16 after missing 2 1/2 months with a strained groin, allowed six hits and three runs in 6 2-3 innings. He gave up three hits and faced just two over the minimum while holding the Diamondbacks scoreless through six before giving up three runs in the seventh.
“It’s just another game,” Patterson said about facing his former team. “I mean, you want to play it up as much—it’s a win, it feels good, it was fun.”
Patterson was 0-2 since April 10, when he allowed just two hits in seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the New York Mets in Puerto Rico in the first of his 10 starts this season.
Brandon Webb (4-14) threw 33 pitches in the fourth inning after needing just 21 pitches to get through the first three innings.
“I really lost my command,” Webb said. “I don’t know if it was focus, but it really didn’t feel good coming out.”
Webb allowed three straight singles to begin the fourth, including Jose Vidro’s run-scoring liner to right to open the scoring.
Tony Batista got his team-leading 70th RBI on a grounder to third that made it 2-0.
One out later, Alex Gonzalez and Nick Johnson drew back-to-back walks to load the bases, and Schneider drove Webb’s 2-2 pitch over the right-field wall for his second career grand slam—Montreal’s fourth this season.
“I was looking for his sinker, which is his best pitch,” Schneider said. “I got fortunate and got the bat head out and caught the ball good, but more than anything it gave John the confidence to be even more aggressive and go after hitters and let them put it in play and let our defense do its work.”
Johnson put the Expos up 7-0 when he followed Terrmel Sledge’s leadoff double in the sixth with a one-out double off Webb, who lost his third start in a row.
Webb allowed seven runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings, falling to 1-9 in his last 13 starts.
The Diamondbacks have allowed five grand slams this season. … Juan Rivera, Sledge and Batista also hit grand slams for Montreal this season. … Patterson threw 81 of 111 pitches for strikes.