Series: Game 3 of 4

Los Angeles leads 2-1 (as of 5/18)

Game 1: Thursday, May 16
Montreal 3Final
Los Angeles 4
Game 2: Friday, May 17
Montreal 5Final
Los Angeles 8
Game 3: Saturday, May 18
Montreal 3Final
Los Angeles 1
Game 4: Sunday, May 19
Montreal 1Final
Los Angeles 10

Expos 3

(21-22, 8-13 away)

Dodgers 1

(24-19, 11-11 home)

    10:10 PM ET, May 18, 2002

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: C. Pavano (3-5)

    L: O. Perez (4-2)

    S: T. Tucker (2)

    Pavano shuts down Dodgers' offense in win

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers' best home run threat was on the bench all night. The way Carl Pavano was pitching, it might not have mattered.

    Pavano, who allowed at least four earned runs in each of his previous six starts, did a complete turnaround Saturday night and pitched the Montreal Expos to a 3-1 victory that ended their five-game losing streak.

    Pavano (3-5) gave up one run and six hits in 7 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking one. It was the first time in nine outings this season that the right-hander pitched more than 6 1/3 innings.

    "It's definitely a step in the right direction," Pavano said. "These guys in this room, they're unbelievable -- how positive they've been since my last start. They haven't let me get down."

    Pavano held Los Angeles to just two hits through the first five innings, a leadoff double in the second by Paul Lo Duca and a one-out single in the fifth by Eric Karros.

    "I've been working on some things that just happened to click at the right time," Pavano said. "I've been staying positive and just believing in myself and keeping my confidence. That's the biggest thing."

    One day after saying he wouldn't sit slumping right fielder Shawn Green, Dodgers manager Jim Tracy did just that. Green, who set a franchise record with 49 homers last season, has only three this season -- and none in his last 89 at-bats. He is fighting an 0-for-18 slump and has gone five straight games without hitting the ball out of the infield.

    "He needed a day off, that's it," Tracy said. "You get to a point with a player where you understand where he's at. And sometimes, the best course of action is to take him away from the action for a day."

    The only other time Green wasn't in the starting lineup this season was May 9, the day after a pitch from Tom Glavine hit him on the left hand and caused swelling.

    "He's definitely a tough hitter and he's been pretty successful against me," said Pavano, who has allowed five hits by Green in 10 at-bats. "He makes their lineup a lot different when he's not in there, but all those guys are studs as far as I'm concerned."

    The Dodgers cut Montreal's lead to 3-1 in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Cesar Izturis that followed three straight one-out singles.

    Pavano got a break in the second on a blown call by first base umpire Tim McClelland, who ruled that two-time Gold Glove right fielder Vladimir Guerrero made a diving catch of Mark Grudzielanek's sinking liner before doubling Lo Duca off second. TV replays showed Guerrero trapped the ball.

    "He missed the call," Tracy said. "Normally, you don't see me out there on the field too often unless I feel like I've seen something completely different from what they've seen. I don't look to make a nuisance of myself, but it was very apparent to me from the bench that the ball was trapped. But that's not why we got beat."

    Fernando Tatis and Orlando Cabrera homered for the Expos, helping end their nine-game road losing streak. Rookie T.J. Tucker got three outs for his second save in four opportunities.

    Odalis Perez (4-2) lost for the first time in eight starts since his Dodgers debut April 4, allowing three runs, six hits and no walks in six innings. The left-hander had allowed no more than two earned runs in any of his previous seven starts.

    Perez, who gave up only three home runs over 61 2/3 innings coming in, fell behind 2-0 after Tatis homered to right-center with two outs in the second and Cabrera led off the fourth with a drive into the left-field pavilion.

    Seven of Tatis' 17 career hits against the Dodgers have been home runs, including an unprecedented two grand slams in one inning against Chan Ho Park on April 23, 1999. Jose Vidro gave Montreal its third run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Vidro's seventh-inning single extended his hitting streak to 14 games, equaling his career best.

    Game notes

    The Expos had lost 15 straight games in which they scored fewer than four runs, including 13 this season. ... The four starting pitchers the Expos are using in this series, Pavano, Tomo Ohko, Tony Armas Jr. and Bruce Chen, have made a combined 234 starts in the majors with only one complete game -- a three-hit shutout by Pavano in 1999 against Tampa Bay. ... Montreal won for only the fourth time in 16 games after a 17-10 start. ... Tatis had to dodge the barrels of broken bats on consecutive grounders to third base by Grudzielanek and Marquis Grissom in the seventh. Grudzielanek got an infield single.

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