Hill gets first major-league win

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Shawn Hill expects to be picking up
the dinner tab for Claudio Vargas sometime soon.

It would only be fair after Vargas bailed him out of a
bases-loaded jam to help Hill get his first major league win.

Hill (1-1) pitched five strong innings to lead the Montreal
Expos to a 6-4 win Sunday over the Toronto Blue Jays in his second
big league start.

He struck out six and allowed one run on six hits in five-plus
innings, but was relieved by Vargas in the sixth after loading the
bases on a double by Frank Menechino, a walk to Orlando Hudson and
a single by Reed Johnson.

Vargas struck out Eric Hinske, forced Chris Gomez to fly out,
and struck out Alex Rios to end the threat. He struck out six of
the nine batters he faced.

"He got me out of that," Hill said. "I might owe him. The
whole team might owe him something for that."

Hill said he tired after retiring 10 of the first 12 batters he

"I still wasn't overly happy on how I threw altogether, but I
was happy," he said.

Joe Horgan struck out Johson with the bases loaded for for his
first career save after the Blue Jays scored three runs in the
ninth off Chad Cordero.

Cordero allowed RBI singles to Dave Berg and pinch-hitter Gregg
Zaun, and walked Hudson with the bases loaded in the ninth, which
began after a 24-minute rain delay and was played under a constant

"Feels pretty good," Horgan said. "The only problem I had was
keeping my hand dry."

Tony Batista and Carl Everett each drove in two runs for

The Expos broke open the game in the sixth on Orlando Cabrera's
RBI single and Batista's two-run double.

Nick Johnson walked against Justin Speier and Vargas advanced
him with a sacrifice bunt. Brad Wilkerson was intentionally walked
before Cabrera's single.

Jose Vidro welcomed reliever Terry Adams with a single that
loaded the bases for Batista's double, and Everett followed with an
RBI single.

"We're starting to pick it up a little, and Batista seems to be
in the middle of it quite often lately," manager Frank Robinson

Toronto tied it in the fifth on Berg's sacrifice fly, but the
Expos regained the lead in the bottom of the inning. Cabrera
reached first on a fielding error by third baseman Hinske and later
scored on Everett's single.

Wilkerson doubled against Ted Lilly (7-5) in the third, scoring
on Vidro's RBI single. Lilly pitched five innings giving up three
runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and striking out seven.

"This is a tough place to hit," Toronto manager Carlos Tosca
said. "In the sixth we had bases loaded with no outs, but we
couldn't get the ball out of the infield and then we gave up the
big rally."

Game notes
Hinske struck out in his third at-bat, ending his streak of
consecutive hits at six. ... There were two rain delays, a
six-minute delay in the bottom of the fourth and the 24-minute
delay in the top of the ninth after Cordero had thrown one pitch to
Hinske. ... Montreal C Einar Diaz caught two runners trying to
steal second -- Hudson in the first, and Hinske in the second. ...
The attendance was 8,279, the third straight game in which
attendance has been below 9,000 in the 19,000 capacity Hiram
Bithorn Stadium. ... Toronto CF Johnson made a spectacular diving
catch on a liner by Diaz in the seventh.