Final in 11

Series: Game 3 of 3

Chi Cubs won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, August 30
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Game 2: Tuesday, August 31
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Game 3: Wednesday, September 1
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in 11

Cubs 2

(73-60, 36-32 away)

Expos 1

(56-77, 32-36 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 1, 2004

    Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec 

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    W: L. Hawkins (4-4)

    L: C. Vargas (5-5)

    Wood K's 11 over eight innings

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Scott Downs outpitched Greg Maddux with a five-hit shutout -- the first of his career -- and the Montreal Expos beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Wednesday night.

    Terrmel Sledge homered for the Expos, who won twice in the three-games series and dropped the Cubs a half-game behind Houston in the NL wild-card race. Chicago has lost six of nine.

    Downs (3-5) struck out four and walked one in his first complete game. He came up through the Chicago organization and pitched briefly for the Cubs in 2000 before being traded to Montreal in 2000 for Rondell White.

    Downs retired 15 straight after giving up a single to Moises Alou in the second. He walked Derrek Lee in the seventh, but got Nomar Garciaparra to hit into his second double-play of the night to end the inning.

    Maddux (13-9) allowed five runs -- two earned -- and five hits in 7 2-3 innings. He struck out seven and allowed an intentional walk, remaining at 302 career victories.

    The Expos took advantage of a fielding blunder by Sammy Sosa in the third inning and bad baserunning by Alou in the second inning.

    Maicer Izturis led off the third with a double over Sosa, who broke the wrong way on the ball. Sosa was back in right field after missing two games with bursitis in his right hip. Izturis moved to third on Downs' sacrifice and scored on Brad Wilkerson's sacrifice fly.

    In the second inning with one out, Alou got doubled off second base by Juan Rivera on Aramis Ramirez's flyout to right. It was the fourth time Alou has been doubled off on a flyball since Aug. 8.

    The Expos padded their lead in the eighth with five runs and two more Cubs errors. Jamey Carroll led off with a single, Izturis reached safely on a bunt-single. Downs moved the runners over with a bunt and Maddux intentionally walked Wilkerson.

    Chavez followed with a grounder to first baseman Derrek Lee, who couldn't handle it -- allowing Carroll to score, and Izturis came around from second to also score. Catcher Paul Bako overthrew second base, allowing Wilkerson to score. After Rivera's groundout, Mike Remlinger relieved Maddux. With two outs, Sledge homered to right, giving the Expos a 6-0 lead.

    Maddux was impressive, but didn't have any luck on his side. He retired 12 in a row after giving up a sacrifice fly to Wilkerson in the third. Montreal didn't their next hit until Brendan Harris singled with two outs in the seventh.

    Game notes

    Expos RHP Rocky Biddle had an MRI on his right shoulder after complaining of a burning sensation Monday. The results of the MRI were inconclusive and Biddle will remain out as he undergoes more tests. ... Cubs RHP Matt Clement left in the third inning of his start Tuesday because of muscle stiffness and discomfort in his back and neck. Chicago team doctors didn't find anything seriously wrong with Clement on Wednesday. Cubs manager Dusty Baker is uncertain whether Clement will make his next start.

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