HOUSTON (AP) -- Livan Hernandez threw a six-hitter for his fifth
complete game of the season as the Montreal Expos snapped an
eight-game road losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Houston
Astros on Saturday night.
Hernandez (12-7), who won for the sixth time in his last seven
decisions, tied Philadelphia's Kevin Millwood and San Francisco's
Jason Schmidt for the most complete games in the NL. He threw 126
pitches, struck out nine and walked two in his second complete game
in his last three games, and 28th of his career.Montreal had last won on the road on July 18, when the Expos
beat Philadelphia 3-1. It was just their second win in their last
14 road games.Jared Hernandez (1-1) allowed three runs and nine hits in 4 2-3
innings in the loss. He struck out four and walked three.Montreal took a 2-0 lead in the second after Vladimir Guerrero
led off with a double and scored on Orlando Cabrera's single.
Cabrera scored when shortstop Geoff Blum committed a bases-loaded
fielding error on a grounder hit by Hernandez.Montreal left the bases loaded in the third, fourth and seventh
innings and left two stranded in the second.The Expos increased their lead to 3-0 in the fifth when Cabrera
walked, stole second, went to third on a fly out and scored on a
single by Ron Calloway.Houston cut it to 3-1 in the sixth after Jeff Kent doubled and
scored on a single by Lance Berkman.
Houston CF Craig Biggio's double was his 2,413th career
hit. He is two away from tying Mickey Mantle for 94th on the career
list. ... Biggio is the active major league leader, and third
all-time, in times hit by pitch with 232. ... Houston has been shut
out three times this season, tying Atlanta for the fewest in the
NL. The Astros haven't been shut out in 60 consecutive games. ...
Montreal has scored more than three runs only twice in its last 11
road games ... The Expos' bullpen has allowed at least one run in
19 of its last 21 games. ... Montreal is 8-19 in its last 27 games
decided by two runs or less, and is 3-13 in one-run games. ...
Cabrera's two stolen bases Saturday night against Houston gave him
41 steals in his last 42 attempts.