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Hernandez tosses seventh complete game

8/26/2003

MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Expos are hanging in the NL
wild-card race.

Livan Hernandez scattered eight hits in his league-leading
seventh complete game, and Vladimir Guerrero drove in four runs to
lead Montreal over the Philadelphia Phillies 12-1 Monday night.

Hernandez (14-7) struck out nine and walked one in his 30th
career complete game, improving to 4-0 in five August starts.

"The team's very excited about playing four games here against
Philadelphia," Hernandez said. "Everybody tried to play the best
they can, and the team came in today and hit a lot."

The Expos, who went 2-4 on a West Coast trip, drew within three
games of Philadelphia and Florida in the NL wild-card standings as
they began a stretch of 13 straight games against those two rivals.

"I think we stepped up to the challenge," second baseman Jose
Vidro said. "We got here late (Sunday) night, and I guess it
didn't affect us because we came out with a lot of energy. The guys
were very excited to go out there. Before the game you could see
the adrenaline going. That's what it's all about, these types of
games and these types of situations."

The Phillies dropped to 1-6 on a season-high, 13-game road trip.

"As bad as we're playing, as bad as we're going, we're tied for
first in the wild card," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

Randy Wolf (12-9) gave up nine runs and six hits in 1 2-3
innings, the shortest of 137 career starts.

"It's going to be a long four days," Wolf said, already
looking ahead to his next outing.

In his previous start, he allowed seven runs over 4 1-3 innings
of a 10-1 loss at Milwaukee.

"He's struggling right now," Bowa said. "No one feels worse
than he does."

The game drew 30,501, Montreal's highest home attendance since
May 24. The Expos offered $3.50 tickets and had a 70-cent hot dogs
promotion.

"It was tremendous to see them out here tonight," Expos
manager Frank Robinson said. "And with the enthusiasm they had,
they certainly had a hand in the win tonight."

A spectator ran on the field in the eighth inning and dived into
second base, drawing a roar from the crowd. The fan, who wore a
yellow helmet and an orange jumpsuit, was escorted off the field by
two security guards.

Guerrero had a three-run homer in the first. He hit his 226th
homer Thursday in Los Angeles to pass Andre Dawson as Montreal's
career home-run leader, and received repeated ovations Monday.

Wil Cordero doubled twice, including a three-run drive in the
second over center fielder Marlon Byrd that followed a bases-loaded
walk to Guerrero. Jose Macias hit a two-run double later in the
inning, putting Montreal ahead 9-0 and chasing Wolf.

"We did what we needed to do in this first ballgame, get out
there, get ahead, give our pitcher a cushion to work with, then add
a couple later on," Robinson said.

Phillies reliever Carlos Silva hit a run-scoring double in the
fifth, his first career RBI.

Jose Vidro had an RBI single in the sixth, and two more runs
scored when Todd Zeile's hard grounder to Placido Polanco went off
the third baseman's glove and rolled to the wall in left-center for
a three-base error.

Game notes
The Expos sold 16,500 tickets Monday, including 13,500 as
walkups prior to the game and during the early innings. ... Wolf
had never gone less than three innings previously in his career. He
also allowed nine runs -- eight earned -- against San Diego on Aug.
10, 2000. ... The Expos are 5-0 this season when drawing 20,000 or
more to Olympic Stadium.