SAN DIEGO (AP) -- David Wells finally got his first win for the
Wells allowed just two hits in seven innings Thursday night to
lead San Diego over Montreal 2-1 for its first four-game sweep of
the Expos since both teams joined the major leagues in 1969.
"Wells was outstanding," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.
"We've had a tough time scoring runs for him (four in his previous
four starts), but we got enough.
"He just did a terrific job there. He's like anybody, he wants
a win and the guys were going hard trying to get him one and they
did it tonight."
Wells hadn't won in the regular season since beating the
Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on Sept. 28 for the New York Yankees. He won
twice in the postseason then signed with San Diego as a free agent
in the offseason.
Wells (1-2), who didn't walk a batter and struck out three, won
in his fifth start. The one run off him was unearned.
"It's a great feelings," said Wells, a San Diego native. "I
had a lot of friends out there in the stands. I went out and did my
job. I kept the team in the ballgame and these guys came through at
the right time.
"I was starting to get a little frustrated with my batting, but
Khalil (Greene) came up big. You don't normally see guys doing that
two nights in a row," Wells added. "The guy's solid. And he was
the MVP of the game tonight both at the plate and in the field,
where he was part of two double plays."
Greene hit a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh after driving in
the winning run Wednesday with a triple into the same right-center
His double scored Ryan Klesko from second after the Padres
left-fielder opened the inning with a single and went to second on
"I feel comfortable at the plate, I'm not try to do too much,
" Greene said.
Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his sixth save in seven
Tomo Ohka (0-5), who pitched into the seventh, became the first
pitcher to lose five times this season.
Brian Giles missed hitting for the cycle by a home run. He went
3-for-3 with a walk to raise his average 29 points to .228. In the
sixth, he tied it at 1 with a triple off Ohka. Expos right-fielder
Pascucci misplayed the ball.
"I just went back, I thought it was going a little farther than
it was," Pascucci said. "I though I had a little bit more room
toward the wall. I wanted to go up and jump for it, but my back hit
the wall. I just ran out of room."
The Expos had been shut out in three of Ohka's four previous
starts. He hadn't received a run of support until Montreal scored
in the second inning.
"We have no offense," Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "You
guys see it. I don't know what it is. I've never seen anything like
The Expos scored just seven runs in the four games. The Expos
have scored two or fewer runs in 17 of their first 23 games.<
^Notes: @ Hoffman appeared in his third straight game for the first
time since Aug. 13-15, 2002, against the New York Mets at Shea
Stadium. ... The last time the Padres had swept an opponent in a
four-game series was June 25-28, 1999, against Colorado at Qualcomm