MONTREAL (AP) -- Tomo Ohka threw a complete game for Montreal,
with a boost from Expos pitcher Britt Reames.
Ohka worked around 11 hits, Reames helped out by noticing a
baserunning blunder by San Diego's Ryan Klesko and the Expos beat
the Padres 9-2 on Sunday.
The Expos led 5-0 in the third when Tom Lampkin hit a leadoff
single and took third on Ramon Vazquez's one-out single. Mark
Kotsay hit a sacrifice fly and Klesko followed with a drive into
the left-field corner.
As Klesko removed his elbow guard while at second base with an
apparent RBI double, Ohka stepped off the mound and threw to first.
Umpire Jim Wolf called Klesko out for missing the bag.
Sitting in the dugout, Reames had seen Klesko's mistake.
"I looked at the ball and I just kind of glanced over and saw
him step over the bag and miss it,'' Reames said. "That was big
for us. It saved a hit and a run.''
With the hit taken away, Klesko finished 0-for-3 and had his
12-game hitting streak stopped.
"I was watching the ball and I just missed the bag,'' Klesko
said. "There's nothing you can do to take it back. You obviously
wish you could take it back and get an extra run, but today I don't
think the way things were going that one run mattered a whole heck
of a lot.''
A crowd of 24,872 on Vladimir Guerrero bobblehead day raised the
Expos' attendance through 63 home games to 653,203, surpassing
their total of 642,748 for the entire 2001 season.
"I said in spring training that this is a great baseball
community,'' Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "It's very rich in
tradition here and I just figured if we played good exciting
baseball, I felt like we would attract more fans than people
The fourth-largest crowd of the season at Olympic Stadium saw
Guerrero go 1-for-5. The star outfielder returned to the lineup
after missing Saturday's win because of a strained left shoulder,
and made a shoestring catch in right-center to end the game.
"He's feeling all right,'' Robinson said. "He didn't hesitate
with his swings or anything like that and he made a couple of good
running catches in the outfield.
"He looked like his timing was a little off but he definitely
was trying to do a little too much today. It's good to have him
back,'' he said.
Ohka (10-6) pitched his first complete game in 60 career starts,
allowing 11 hits. He walked none and struck out three.
"He's just been outstanding,'' Robinson said. "Today he had
the luxury of giving up 11 hits but he only gave up two runs.
Usually when you give up 11 hits you're going to give up more runs
than that, and it was no sweat out there. He makes it look easy
when he's on.''
Brian Schneider doubled and two outs later Vidro hit his 14th
homer of the season.
Vidro added another two-run shot in the fourth for his 15th
homer and an 8-1 lead.
"I hit two sliders that kind of stayed up in the zone,'' Vidro
said. "Early in the game I thought (Peavy) had a pretty good
sinker going on, but he didn't throw it much. I think the hitters
were patient to get good pitches to hit. We battled and good things
Julius Matos hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to drive in San
Diego's second run.
Padres RHP Jeremy Fikac struck out four of the six batters
he faced. Fikac was perfect in the sixth and seventh innings. ...
The Expos' average attendance this season climbed to 10,368 per
game. Montreal averaged a major league-low 7,935 over 81 home games
last season. ... The Expos placed right-hander T.J. Tucker on the
15-day disabled list following the game because of a sprained lower
back. Montreal plans to activate starter Tony Armas Jr. from the DL