"I was a little pumped up," Cabrera said. "It was a great
challenge. When they walked Vidro, that's what I live for."
Brian Schneider hit his fourth home run for the Expos, who
snapped a four-game losing streak and announced more good news
after the game.
Vidro, their All-Star second baseman, agreed to a $30 million,
four-year contract extension.
"He wanted to be here," general manager Omar Minaya said.
"This means we are able to hold onto one of our better assets.
We're going to be able to have a nucleus of players here to build
Endy Chavez hit a two-out double in the ninth off Jose Valverde
(0-1), and Vidro was walked intentionally.
"It was a tough decision, but to me Jose Vidro has been doing
it a long time," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "He's had a lot
of really tough at-bats late in ballgames and come through with a
lot of really big hits."
Cabrera then capped an eight-pitch at-bat with a shot just under
the glove of third baseman Chad Tracy, scoring Chavez for a 4-3
"I fouled off some good pitches and when it got to 3-2 I knew I
was going to get a fastball," Cabrera said.
Chad Cordero (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. Rocky
Biddle worked a hitless ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.
It was Biddle's first appearance since giving up three straight
hits in blowing his first save Tuesday in Milwaukee.
"Rocky pitched a Rocky-like inning," manager Frank Robinson
said. "It was good to get one under his belt after the inning he
Steve Finley hit his major league-leading 12th home run for the
Diamondbacks, who have lost three straight.
Finley has 11 home runs in his last 61 at-bats after hitting
just one in his first 80.
Montreal starter Tomo Ohka retired 13 straight batters before
Finley drove a 2-2 pitch a dozen rows into the right-field
bleachers to tie it at 3 in the sixth. The home run was Finley's
75th at Bank One Ballpark and his 1,000th career RBI.
"It doesn't really mean a whole lot when you lose the game,"
Finley said. "It's a nice milestone and something I'll enjoy later
on but it would have been nicer had we won the game."
The Diamondbacks opened a 2-0 lead in the first inning against
Ohka on Shea Hillenbrand's sacrifice fly and Danny Bautista's
run-scoring single. But Ohka retired Alex Cintron on a grounder to
second, stranding two runners.
"That's what we have focused on," Robinson said. "We can't
let innings get out of hand. It takes us right out of the
Schneider tied it in the second with a two-out homer off starter
Chavez beat out a grounder leading off the third, stole second
and scored on Brad Wilkerson's single to give the Expos a 3-2 lead.
Fossum, making his Arizona debut and first start since
undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery Sept. 13, allowed three
runs and five hits in five innings.
He walked four, struck out four, hit a batter with a pitch and
committed a balk. The left-hander was acquired from Boston last
offseason in the Curt Schilling trade.
"I got off to a great start but lost the feel for my breaking
ball in the middle innings," Fossum said. "It's good to get the
first one out of the way."
Finley is tied with teammate Luis Gonzalez for the ballpark
home run record. ... Schneider is tied for the team home run lead
with Wilkerson and Vidro. ... To make room for Fossum, the
Diamondbacks placed RHP Matt Mantei on the 15-day disabled list
with tendinitis in his right shoulder. The move is retroactive to
May 9. Mantei, who lost his closer's job May 5, is 0-3 with an
11.81 ERA and four saves in 12 appearances. ... Arizona reliever
Stephen Randolph walked Valentino Pascucci in the sixth for his
17th walk in 18 2-3 innings pitched.