Cepicky's first homer sparks decisive seventh


MONTREAL (AP) -- Pinch-hitter Matt Cepicky gave the Montreal Expos a big boost.

Cepicky's first career home run sparked a four-run seventh
inning for Montreal and the Expos beat the San Diego Padres 11-6
Friday night despite losing All-Star Vladimir Guerrero to a
shoulder injury.

"It gave us a tremendous lift, woke us up,'' manager Frank
Robinson said about the homer. "It fired the team up, and we

Michael Barrett hit his first home run since July 22 for the
Expos, who snapped San Diego's three-game winning streak.

Montreal remained 8 games behind NL wild-card leader Los

"The opportunity to win the wild card is right in front of our
faces, and we have to continue to play for it,'' Barrett said. "We
have the capability of producing runs with the best teams out
there. We have yet to see the best out of some of our key

Guerrero, who had a 14-game hitting streak snapped Thursday
against the Dodgers, went 3-for-4 with a two-run double in the
first inning.

He left the game following a single in the seventh. Guerrero
took a wide turn around first -- as is his custom -- and had to dive
hard back into the base to beat the infield relay. He has a
strained left shoulder.

"He seemed to be all right,'' Robinson said. "Sometimes these
things flare up overnight. We'll see.''

Cepicky led off the inning against Jason Kershner (0-1) with a
homer in his 10th career at-bat to cut San Diego's lead to 6-5.

With one out, Orlando Cabrera reached on Kershner's throwing
error on a bunt and went to third on Guerrero's single.

Wil Cordero followed with a game-tying single off reliever Tom
Davey. After Andres Galarraga walked, Fernando Tatis hit an RBI
groundout to make it 7-6.

Davey walked Barrett to load the bases and then hit pinch-hitter
Troy O'Leary with a pitch to make it 8-6. O'Leary left the game,
with a bruised right quadriceps.

"When we threw the bunt away, that was the turning point in the
game,'' Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "The seventh inning, we
had to get through it. We had nobody. We had to hope (Tom Davey)
could come through there for us.''

Zach Day (3-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

The Expos added three runs in the eighth on an RBI single by
Jose Macias, Galarraga's sacrifice fly and an error by right
fielder Bubba Trammell.

Expos starter Masato Yoshii gave up a season-high six earned
runs and nine hits in five innings.

He got out of a jam in the first inning when Cordero threw out
first-baseman Ryan Klesko trying to take second base on a single to
left field.

Yoshii stranded two runners in the third and was helped out by a
double play in the fourth inning.

But the fifth inning was his undoing. An infield hit by Gene
Kingsale took a bad hop on Galarraga at first base. After a single
by Tom Lampkin, pinch-hitter Brian Buchanan hit a hard grounder
that got past a kneeling Tatis at third base to load the bases. It
was first ruled an error by Tatis before being changed to a hit.

Ramon Vazquez hit a three-run double and scored on two
groundouts to tie the game at 4.

"He got ahead of me 0-2. I think he was trying to go up and in
with the fastball,'' Vazquez said. "I think he missed his spot.
That was a big hit.''

Trammell homered to lead off the sixth to give the Padres a 5-4
lead and Yoshii left after Deivi Cruz followed with a double. Cruz
later scored on Lampkin's single against Day.

"Yoshii deserved better,'' Robinson said. "The score would
have been different if we just made the routine plays behind

Game notes
Padres starter Bobby M. Jones left the game after being hit
on the left hand by a shot up the middle by Cordero in the third
inning. He went to hospital for precautionary X-rays. ... Cordero
was activated before the game from the 15-day DL (strained left
calf) and had infield hits in his first two at-bats. INF Henry
Mateo was optioned to Triple-A Ottawa to make room. ... Cepicky hit
Montreal's seventh pinch homer of the season. ... Yoshii was
knocked down and lost his helmet trying to get out of a way of a
pitch by Jeremy Fikac in the fourth inning. He took the next pitch
and doubled to the left-field wall. ... With no one left on his
bench, Expos manager Frank Robinson sent reliever Joey Eischen to
pinch-hit in the eighth inning. He grounded out to second and
stayed in to pitch the ninth.