Hernandez, Ayala combine for shutout

MONTREAL (AP) -- Livan Hernandez had thrown enough pitches, so he
was willing to hand off his shutout bid to the bullpen.

Hernandez and Luis Ayala combined on Montreal's ninth shutout to
lead the Expos over Arizona and Randy Johnson 4-0 Tuesday night,
the Diamondbacks' fifth straight loss.

Hernandez (9-10) struck out eight in eight innings, allowing
seven hits and two walks. Ayala pitched a one-hit ninth as Montreal
won its third straight.

"I wasn't thinking about a complete game," said Hernandez, who
leads the majors with six. "It's better to save my arm a little

Johnson (11-10) hasn't won consecutive games since winning six
straight from May 18-June 13 and is 1-4 in his last seven starts.
He allowed three runs and five hits in six innings with four
strikeouts and two walks.

"They were aggressive," Johnson said. "I didn't realize how
aggressive until I was down 2-0. Livan pitched outstanding. He's
that kind of pitcher. I'm not pitching against Montreal again. If I
was, I would know a little better going into next game that my
slider was not as effective as my splitter or offspeed stuff."

Arizona, which has the worst record in the major leagues at
35-79, has lost 24 of its last 28 games and 42 of 51. The
Diamondbacks have been outscored 35-13 in their last five games.

"We haven't given Randy enough run support," Diamondbacks
manager Al Pedrique said. "Even behind 3-0 tonight I thought he
came back, regrouped himself and threw well."

Montreal took a 2-0 lead in the first on Tony Batista's
sacrifice fly and Juan Rivera's run-scoring double, and Brad
Wilkerson added an RBI grounder in the second.

"It was all around good to get off to a good start against
(Johnson) and Livan took it from there," Wilkerson said. "He
pitched a great game and got some key double play balls to get him
out of innings. He threw a lot of strikes and it seemed like a nice
easy game for us tonight."

Nick Johnson added a run-scoring double-play grounder in the
eighth off Mike Koplove.

Arizona reliever Shane Nance made a nice play in the seventh,
catching the ball with his bare hand on the throw from first
baseman Shea Hillenbrand on Endy Chavez's two-out grounder. Nance
stepped on first base, but first base umpire Troy Fullwood called
Chavez safe, Replays show Nance beat Chavez to the bag.

Game notes
The Diamondbacks have been shut out seven times this
season. ... Batista leads the Expos with 69 RBI. ... The Expos
have been shut out a major league-leading 15 times this season.