Valdimir homer helps beat D-Backs 1-0


MONTREAL (AP) -- The Expos have more shutouts than home games
thus far.

Javier Vazquez and two relievers combined on Montreal's major
league-leading fifth shutout and Vladimir Guerrero homered as the
Expos beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 Thursday night.

"The guys are getting ahead, we're not making foolish errors,
and we're not walking a lot of guys," catcher Brian Schneider
said. "We're just being more aggressive and we're getting good
outs and good defense. That's all you can say."

Vazquez (3-1) allowed six hits in seven innings to help the
Expos blank Arizona for the second time in three days. Montreal
(13-9) remained tied with Philadelphia won the NL East lead.

"Javy wasn't as sharp as he was the last time out there but he
was pretty darn good tonight, and it was a nice time for the
bullpen to return to form," Expos manager Frank Robinson said.
"They did an outstanding job -- one big hit by Guerrero and we have
a win."

Joey Eischen pitched 1 1/3 innings and Rocky Biddle got two outs
for his fifth save in six chances. Montreal, which had only three
shutouts last year, won despite getting outhit 6-3.

Vazquez struck out nine to overtake Chicago's Kerry Wood for the
NL lead with 46.

"It feels good but I'm not trying to lead the league in
strikeouts," Vazquez said. "It's a good sign but it's not what
I'm trying to do."

Guerrero led off the seventh with his fifth home run of the
season, a drive to left off Byung-Hyun Kim (1-4).

"It's a good feeling because you're throwing zeros up there,
and all of a sudden you've got that run," Vazquez said.

The game drew 5,974, the lowest crowd at Olympic Stadium for
three games this season. Montreal averaged more than 14,000 fans
during its 10-game "homestand" in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Kim, converted from a reliever to a starter this season, struck
out five in seven innings and walked two.

"You've got to be able to give up one run in seven innings and
win a ballgame once in a while," Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly
said. "I don't know what more B.K. could have done tonight."

Arizona's Carlos Baerga was thrown out at the plate by shortstop
Orlando Cabrera's relay in the first inning as he tried to score
standing up from first on Luis Gonzalez's one-out double.

"They made a good relay and sometimes the third-base coach has
to take a chance," Baerga said. "That was a big gapper Luis Gonzalez hit. They made a good throw."

Game notes
Kim threw 105 pitches, 68 for strikes. ... Vazquez, who
threw 80 of 121 pitches for strikes, is the first Montreal pitcher
to win consecutive starts this season.