SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Bartolo Colon took a look at San Francisco's batting order and let out a sigh of relief. Then he pitched the Montreal Expos past the Giants 7-2 on Saturday.
Facing a lineup without Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent and Rich Aurilia, Colon stretched his streak of shutout innings to 18 before allowing two runs in the sixth."I felt relieved when I saw they weren't playing,'' Colon said through an interpreter. "That put me more at ease. There's only a few guys over there I've faced, so that was probably to my advantage.''Colon (7-2) gave up five hits in six innings. He is 14-3 since
May 4, including his time in the American League before Cleveland
traded him.Colon came out after six innings when his back stiffened up."He just felt he couldn't go any longer and that's all you can ask,'' said Expos manager Frank Robinson. "He knows what he has to do and he was pretty good.''Vladimir Guerrero had three hits, scored twice, drove in a run
and stole a base for the Expos."We have guys behind him who can drive in runs so it's not as easy to walk him,'' said Montreal's Brad Wilkerson.Scott Stewart entered with the bases loaded in the ninth and got
his 17th save in 19 chances when Kenny Lofton grounded into a
double play."I thought I was going to face Kent,'' said Stewart. "I was going over notes on Jeff pretty much the whole game. But Kenny is a pretty good hitter, too. I got lucky.''Montreal has won four of five against the Giants after going 2-3 last year. Overall, the Expos have won six of nine.Livan Hernandez (8-14) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings for the Giants, who have lost six of 10. He has won just four of 18 decisions following a 4-0 start."Livan was pitching good and lately we've had a couple of plays, not necessarily errors, just bad plays that have turned into runs by them,'' said Giants manager Dusty Baker. "We've got to make the plays to back up the pitcher.''Both starters were coming off shutouts, and both didn't allow
any runs until the sixth. Colon pitched a two-hitter against San
Diego on Monday, the same day Hernandez threw a five-hitter against
Florida. Hernandez had allowed just one run in 21 innings going
into the sixth.San Francisco didn't start Bonds (sore knees), Kent (strained
left quadriceps) and Aurilia (who was given the day off but entered
in the seventh)."It's definitely frustrating,'' said Giants' Reggie Sanders.
"You've got to get through your lows to get to your highs.''Guerrero put Montreal had with an RBI single in the sixth, and
the Expos added three runs later in the inning on a throwing error
by left fielder Tom Goodwin, Andres Galarraga's RBI double and
Fernando Tatis' run-scoring single."I was trying to walk Guerrero,'' said Hernandez. "I threw him
a slider down and away and he hit it.''San Francisco cut the deficit in the bottom half when J.T. Snow
singled, Sanders tripled and Ramon Martinez hit an RBI grounder.Jose Vidro doubled home a run during the Expos' three-run
seventh. O'Leary and Orlando Cabrera also drove in runs.
Hernandez had his 20-inning scoreless streak snapped by Guerrero in the sixth. ... The Giants went five games and 56 innings between errors. ... RHP Clint Everts, Montreal's
first-round draft pick, joined the team in San Francisco. ... Expos RHP Jim Brower has not allowed any of his 12 inherited runners to score. ... Colon's longest scoreless streak was 20 innings from Sept. 13-28, 2000. ... Guerrero's stolen base in the fourth was the 100th of his career. ... Stewart tied the team record for saves by a left-hander, set by Woodie Fryman in 1980.