Cabrera homers off Garland in ninth

MONTREAL (AP) -- Orlando Cabrera gave the Montreal Expos a rare
reason to celebrate around home plate.

Cabrera hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth inning,
giving Montreal a 4-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Cabrera connected off Jon Garland (5-4) for his fourth homer of
the season -- his first since May 2 -- after Jose Vidro's one-out

It was the Expos' first game-winning homer since last Aug. 16
when Brad Wilkerson hit a grand slam off San Francisco's Todd
Worrell for a 4-2 win over the Giants.

"We haven't done that all year so it was a good feeling,"
Cabrera said.

Garland, who retired the first 16 batters he faced, pitched his
second career complete game and first of the season.

"I told them before to keep me out there," Garland said about
going back out to pitch the ninth in a 2-2 game. "I'm not worried
about my stats. I'm worried about the guys on the team and their

The game was played in just 1 hour, 54 minutes. The Expos'
previous shortest game of the season was a 2:10, 3-0 loss to
Florida on April 13 in Puerto Rico.

Vidro hit a two-run single in the sixth to put Montreal up 2-1,
the Expos' only hit through the first eight innings.

"That's the best I've seen Garland throw all year," White Sox
manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He doesn't deserve the result."

Montreal, which had a season-high 18 hits and 17 runs one night
earlier, won its second in a row following a seven-game losing
streak. The two teams combined for 33 hits Saturday in the Expos'
17-14 win.

Garland singled in the eighth off Zach Day for his first career
hit. Jose Valentin had three hits for Chicago, including a tying
solo shot in the seventh for his 12th homer. The White Sox, who
open a four-game series Monday against Cleveland, completed a 2-4

"It was an ugly road trip," Guillen said. "It's a lot of up
and down. One day you score a lot, then you need run support and
you don't have any."

Chad Cordero (2-1) pitched a perfect ninth after picking up his
second save in three opportunities the night before.

"I'm used to this now so I know what to do to be able to pitch
back-to-back days," said Cordero, who recently replaced former
White Sox right-hander Rocky Biddle as Montreal's closer.

Day followed up his worst outing of the season with a strong
performance, allowing eight hits and two runs -- one earned -- in
eight innings.

"Day gave us what we needed against Garland," Expos manager
Frank Robinson said. "He certainly gave the bullpen a break."

Garland was perfect until he walked Endy Chavez with one out in
the sixth.

"He didn't look like he was throwing that hard, but I think he
was mixing his pitches really well," said Cabrera, who was hitless
in his first three at-bats. "You couldn't pick up his breaking
pitch until you were swinging. And his sinker, at 90-91 (mph) was

Chavez advanced on Zach Day's sacrifice before Garland walked
Wilkerson and pinch-hitter Terrmel Sledge to load the bases.

Vidro then hit a two-run single to put Montreal up 2-1 and break
up Garland's no-hit bid as Wilkerson slid home safely with the
go-ahead run ahead of center fielder Aaron Rowand's throw to the

"The guy was in control for five innings then gave up some
walks," Vidro said. "Finally, we got a pitch to hit. It was a
big-time hit and it gave us the momentum."

Expos first baseman Nick Johnson was in the right place to
complete a crisp unassisted double play to end the sixth. Johnson
jumped to catch Carlos Lee's check-swing soft liner and landed on
first just before Frank Thomas returned to the base.

Chicago opened the scoring in the second as Valentin scored on a
double play grounder. Valentin and Rowand hit leadoff singles, with
Valentin advancing to third on Vidro's error as he tried to scoop
Rowand's bunt attempt to first.

Game notes
Garland threw 70 of 110 pitches for strikes, and 72 of
Day's 107 pitches were strikes. ... The White Sox recalled RHP Jon
Rauch earlier in the day. Rauch arrived during the game and threw
in the bullpen in the eighth inning. ... The Expos turned three
double plays in the game. ... Montreal recalled RHP Shawn Hill from
Double-A Harrisburg following the game. RHP Jeremy Fikac,
Saturday's winner, was optioned to Triple-A Edmonton. ... Expos LF
Carl Everett didn't start because of a strained left hamstring.
Everett, who has been on the disabled list twice this season, is
day to day.