Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/9)

Game 1: Friday, August 8
Game 2: Saturday, August 9
Game 3: Sunday, August 10

Expos 3

(59-58, 23-36 away)

Astros 1

(62-54, 35-23 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 9, 2003

    Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas 

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    W: L. Hernandez (12-7)

    L: J. Fernandez (1-1)

    Expos get first road win in nine tries

    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.

    Game notes

    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.

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