Pavano pitched a four-hitter as the Florida Marlins beat
Montreal 9-1 Tuesday night and dropped the Expos to .500 for the
first time since April 9.
It was Pavano's third career complete game and second this
season against the Expos, who traded him to Florida on July 11 last
"I just look at them as another team. I have a lot of friends
over there. But it's good to get the wins," Pavano said.
Montreal, just 18-32 following a 32-18 start, hadn't been at
.500 since opening 4-4.
Expos manager Frank Robinson said it would be up to the players
to figure out what is wrong with the team.
"They have to find out what's missing, what they're not
bringing to the ballpark and taking on the field with them --
especially on the road. There's no intensity," he said. "Their
heads weren't in the game."
Expos All-Star second baseman Jose Vidro left in the fifth
inning because of a strained right knee. He will miss Wednesday's
game against the Mets.
Tomo Ohka (7-10) took a shutout into the sixth but wound up
giving up five runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings.
"It just got away. I wanted it inside, and if it hit him, it
hit him," Pavano said. "Everyone knows in this league that you've
got to throw him in. I didn't mean anything by it."
Ohka said hitting Rodriguez was an accident, but other Expos
players were not so forgiving.
"This guy (Guerrero) has been taken advantage of all year,"
Michael Barrett said. "He gets hit and we never retaliate. We just
continue to try to win ballgames. We try not to let those things
consume you, but I don't know how long we can let it go. It's
almost as if teams know we're not going to come back with
Florida overcame a 1-0 deficit in the sixth when Lee hit a
two-run homer following a double by Juan Encarnacion.
"Ohka was pitching good, and I think (the homer) kind of
rattled him a little bit, and we got him out of there," Lee said.
Pavano led off the seventh with a popup, but Montreal's
infielders allowed it to drop for a single. Castillo reached on an
infield single, and Ohka hit Rodriguez, loading the bases.
"I don't know whether they were trying to hit Pudge
deliberately or not, but if they did, they made a mistake,"
Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "Because that was the key to
Encarnacion singled in a run for a 4-1 lead, and Lee hit a
Castillo hit an RBI double in a four-run eighth that also
included a run-scoring single by Lowell.
In the second inning, first base umpire Mark Carlson initially
ruled Brad Wilkerson avoided the tag when a throw pulled Lee off
the first-base bag, then changed the call after McKeon argued.
Robinson came out to argue, to no avail.
The game was delayed briefly in the second when wind blew
open one of the panels in the center-field fence. Malrins CF Juan
Pierre pushed the segment back while a member of the grounds crew
worked to attach the panel from behind the wall. Clouds passed
without rain falling.