Kennedy wins first since June 20

DENVER (AP) -- With a suspension looming, Joe Kennedy gave the
Montreal Expos his undivided attention.

Todd Helton homered and Kennedy won for the first time since
June 20 as the Colorado Rockies ended a three-game skid with a 5-2
victory over the Expos on Saturday night.

"It's been a long time since I won a game and it was nice to
come out and help the team get a win, and hopefully we can continue
that into September," Kennedy said.

Kennedy pitched after he appealed a five-game suspension for his
part in a brawl with Pittsburgh catcher Jason Kendall on Aug. 15.
He allowed one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings.

"The suspension and appeal was not a distraction at all,"
Kennedy said. "We still have a month left and I just want to stay
healthy and see what I can do in the five or six starts I have

He gave up a first-inning homer to Jose Vidro but kept the Expos
in check until the seventh, when they loaded the bases. Steve Reed
replaced Kennedy and fanned Alex Gonzalez and Vidro to end the

Shawn Chacon allowed one run in the ninth before finishing an
unusually quick game at Coors Field -- it lasted just 2 hours, 14
minutes. It was the fifth shortest nine-inning game played at the

Kennedy (6-5) lost five of his previous six decisions.

"It was a very good outing for Kennedy," Colorado manager
Clint Hurdle said. "He got us to the seventh inning and he had 13
groundball outs."

Matt Holliday hit a two-run double, and Vinny Castilla had a
run-scoring double for the Rockies. Helton finished 3-for-3 with
three runs.

Livan Hernandez took the loss despite throwing a complete game.

"What can you do without runs?" Montreal manager Frank
Robinson said. "We didn't give him any."

Hernandez (9-11) worked eight innings for his seventh complete
game of the year. He allowed four earned runs, eight hits and one
walk. He had won three consecutive decisions since losing July 20
in Pittsburgh.

"I had a fastball and sinker and nothing else," Hernandez
said. "I couldn't throw my slider or curve and I need them to

Vidro hit a hanging curveball into the left-field seats with two
outs in the first inning to give Montreal a 1-0 lead.

Even without his full complement of pitches, Hernandez retired
eight in a row after allowing a first-inning single before issuing
a one-out walk to Helton in the fourth. Castilla singled and, one
out later, Holliday doubled to the wall in center field to score
Helton and Castilla.

"With two guys on base I wanted to have a good at-bat and try
to get us going," Holliday said. "I was looking for something out
over the plate that I could drive, and got it."

The Rockies made it 4-1 with two runs in the sixth. Mark Sweeney
doubled and scored when Terrmel Sledge booted Helton's single to
left for an error. Castilla followed with an RBI double that
bounced into the bullpen in center.

Helton hit a solo shot in the eighth.

Game notes
Montreal placed 1B Nick Johnson on the 15-day disabled list
with a broken cheekbone. OF Ryan Church was recalled from Triple-A
Edmonton. ... Expos RHP Tony Armas Jr. could miss his next
scheduled start after being hit in the right shin by a batted ball
Friday. ... LHP Jeff Francis, Colorado's top draft choice in the
2002, will make his major league debut Wednesday in Atlanta. ...
Rockies OF Preston Wilson sat out with a sore left knee.