Series: Game 1 of 4

San Diego leads 1-0 (as of 4/26)

Game 1: Monday, April 26
San Diego3
Game 2: Tuesday, April 27
San Diego3
Game 3: Wednesday, April 28
San Diego5
Game 4: Thursday, April 29
San Diego2

Expos 2


Padres 3

(11-9, 6-4 home)

    10:05 PM ET, April 26, 2004

    Petco Park, San Diego, California 

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    W: A. Otsuka (2-1)

    L: L. Ayala (0-3)

    Padres manager ejected in seventh inning

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Back when they faced each other back home in Mexico, Miguel Ojeda was always left frustrated by Luis Ayala.

    "Ayala owns me," Ojeda, the San Diego Padres' backup catcher, said with a smile after paying back his countryman on Monday night.

    Ojeda hit Ayala's hanging slider for a bloop RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Padres a 3-2 win over the Montreal Expos.

    "It's better to get a game-winning hit in the big leagues," Ojeda said. "It's a big, big hit. I'm trying to take my best shot every time I go up to hit."

    Ojeda hit the first pitch he saw from Ayala (0-3) into left-center field. Jay Payton started the winning rally with a single to left and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by pitcher Adam Eaton, who pinch-hit for Akinori Otsuka (2-1). Khalil Greene flied out to right, bringing up Ojeda, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and stayed in as catcher.

    Otsuka threw two perfect innings, striking out one. He lowered his ERA to 0.82.

    "He's been outstanding," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We needed someone to shut them down and he did it. He's saved us a few times this year."

    Bochy was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing with plate umpire Joe Brinkman after Livan Hernandez was awarded first on obstruction.

    Hernandez popped up a bunt and had to jump over reliever Scott Linebrink, who was sprawled across the base path after sliding feet first while unsuccessfully trying to catch the ball. Catcher Ramon Hernandez threw out Hernandez, but manager Frank Robinson argued with first base umpire Tim Tschida and the call was changed.

    The Expos rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the sixth and chase Padres starter Jake Peavy.

    Jose Vidro hit an RBI double off the front of the home run porch in right and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. Brad Wilkerson doubled and scored on Tony Batista's single down the right-field line.

    Hernandez, who's dominated the Padres during his career, held them hitless for 3 2-3 innings, then gave up a walk and three straight hits to fall behind 2-0. San Diego's first run scored when Jay Payton hit an infield single that bounced over Hernandez and was knocked down on Vidro's backhand attempt.

    Ramon Hernandez followed with a bloop to shallow left that fell in between Matt Cepicky and shortstop Orlando Cabrera.

    "That one inning, you have to roll your eyes," Expos catcher Brian Schneider said. "They didn't hit the ball hard that inning. But a hit's a hit and a run's a run."

    Said Robinson: "What more can you ask from a guy? The three hits he gave up in that inning were not crushed."

    Hernandez allowed two runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings, struck out six and walked three. Peavy struck out seven in 5 2-3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. He walked one.

    Game notes

    The crowd of 25,438 was the smallest in 10 games at 42,500-seat Petco Park. The previous smallest was 34,558 against Los Angeles on April 14. ... 3B Sean Burroughs missed his second straight start with a sprained ankle sustained Saturday night while coming out of the batter's box at Arizona. Ramon Vazquez started in his place for the second consecutive game. ... INF Jeff Cirillo took batting practice for the first time since fracturing his right index finger during the last week of spring training. ... OF Valentino Pascucci made his major league debut after he was recalled by the Expos from Triple-A Edmonton. He started in right field and walked in his first plate appearance.

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